A Visit To Clear Creek Monastery

Clear Creek Abbey

A Visit To Clear Creek Monastery

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‘Ora et Labora' in Oklahoma

by Nina Jurewicz


Today, Benedict's spiritual sons still walk in his footsteps in Benedictine Abbeys all over the world. In this intimate look at the life of the monks of Clear Creek Monastery in rural Oklahoma, Nina Jurewicz conducts us on a exclusive tour (A Visit To Clear Creek Monastery) of this ancient way of life that is drawing so many young Catholic men  into Benedict's Order once again.

Saint Benedict of Nursia was a fifth century mystic, whose famous Rule ended up underpinning a Catholic Order which literally saved Western Civilization after the fall of the Roman Empire.  His Rule, balancing a life of ‘ora et labora' (‘work and prayer'), is a masterpiece of wisdom about the possibilities and realities of human nature. Benedict himself is today called the Father of Western Monasticism by the Church.

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HARD AT WORK: A brother monk puts the ‘labora' in St. Benedict's famous prescription for Benedictine life.

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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD. I SHALL NOT WANT: Every little lamb needs looking after.

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WORKING TOWARDS SELF-SUFFICIENCY: The Benedictines of Clear Creek may use modern tools, but their life is still very much governed by the ancient Rule of Saint Benedict.

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MONASTERY RESIDENT SCULPTOR: Andrew Smith working at Clear Creek Monastery.

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CLEAR CREEK'S BENEDICTINES work hard and pray hard.

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ONE OF MANY TRADITIONAL PROCESSIONS during the year at Clear Creek Monastery. This is for April Rogation Days, traditional days of prayer and fasting.

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CHRISTUS VINCIT! Clear Creek's monks process for Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

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ORDINATION AT CLEAR CREEK, October 2013

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CLEAR CREEK monks in choir sing the ancient Gregorian chant.

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SIMPLE PROFESSION OF VOWS of three new monks to the Clear Creek community.

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THE CONSECRATION at Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form, Clear Creek Monastery

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RAYMOND CARDINAL BURKE celebrates Mass in the Extraordinary Form in the Upper Church at Clear Creek Monastery, December 2012.

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FATHER ABBOT ANDERSON leads a monastery procession. The Abbot learned about the great traditions of Catholicism whilst studying under the late Professor John Senior at the University of Kansas.

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MONKS IN CHOIR. This is the heart and soul of Western Civilization, codified in The Rule of Saint Benedict.

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THE RULE OF SAINT BENEDICT provides for a time for work, a time for prayer and a time for recreation.

 

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