Category: Monastic

O Clemens, O Pia, O Dulcis, Virgo Maria

Allow me to recommend a book for the month of May: Mary Most Holy, Meditating With the Early Cistercians, edited by E. Rozanne Elder, Cistercian...

No Peace Without Chastity

A Holy Abbess The Benedictine–Cistercian calendar commemorates today Saint Franca of Piacenza, virgin (1173–1218). Franca was an intrepid monastic reformer. After enduring sufferings and persecutions...

Blessed Maria Gabriella dell’Unità

An Offering to the Father Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagghedu, a Cistercian nun of Grottaferrata in Italy, died on April 23rd in 1939. Pope John Paul...

Ciao, Paolo!

Paul Zalonksi of New Haven, Connecticut recently finished a month long experience of monastic life at Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. While here he helped prepare...

Monastic Etiquette

Naming Maria Elena Vidal will love this. I decided to write something about monastic forms of address and etiquette. There has been a fair amount...