23 January 2012

Gettin' While the Gettin's Good?

The Traditional Benedictine Monks from the community of Our Lady of the Cenacle, founded in the Diocese of Tulsa by the good Bishop Edward Slattery, has accepted an invitation to move the monastery to County Meath, Ireland.  They will be close enough to Dublin to toss them a Guinness from the brewery.

I don't know any particulars behind the reasons for the move, and I don't post this story to speculate.  Bishop Slattery is a good bishop, friendly to tradition, and Ireland certainly needs another traditional Catholic presence--especially of monks praying for the sanctification of priests.

My first reaction was a mere thought that flitted across the mind, to the effect of, good for them-- I hope for our sakes that they won't look back years from now and feel as grateful as a Jewish family who left Germany in 1937 would feel.  But, whatever storm is coming, it doesn't look as though Ireland will be spared.

And on that cheerful note, have a great Monday, everybody!

P.S. You can read Dom Kirby's fine blog here.


Fra Benedetto said...

Thank you for your post. I am a member of this community. It is extremely difficult for us to leave Tulsa, where we have such a wonderful Father-in-God, Bishop Slattery, and so many devoted friends and supporters. However we feel very strongly that Divine Providence is leading us to Ireland. Bishop Slattery and Bishop Smith of Meath seem to agree.

Father Prior, Dom Kirby, has explained our reasons embarking on this "pilgrimage" to a new land (as the Celtic monks called it) in our newsletter, which can be downloaded here:


Fra Benedetto said...

Oh, yes, and we are rather excited about the Guinness! :-)