Profile: Abbot Placid

Abbot Placid on Becoming a Monk

"The monks impressed me as very talented men who were doing a good work, and were happy with their life. That was very attractive to me, and I wanted to be a part of that good work."
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The Latest Monastery News: March 2015

Brother Ambrose Okema and Brother Joseph Wasswa, novices of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey in Richmond, VA, have arrived to make their novitiate at Belmont Abbey under the direction of Father Elias.

Father Christopher traveled to Tanzania from March 4-15 in order to visit the participants in the abbey's Benedictine Volunteers Corp, and to make arrangements for the placement of next year's participants.

Brother Edward traveled to Jamaica March 8-15 with Patrick Ford, Director of Campus Ministry at Belmont Abbey College, and a group of students for an alternative spring break experience with the Missionaries of the Poor.

The monastic community celebrated the Solemnity of our Holy Father Saint Benedict on Saturday, March 21, with Mass and a reception. This year, we were honored by the presence of Bishop Peter Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte, Bishop-emeritus William Curlin, and Bishop Robert Coyle, of the Archdiocese of the Military Ordinariate.

Father David Brown will represent the monastic community at the dedication of the Church of Saint Therese, Mooresville, NC, on March 28. Father David's family was one of the founding families of the parish.

Mr. Ron Basque will take up residence with the community as a postulant at the end of March in order to continue his discernment of a monastic vocation.

On March 23, Father Elias gave the opening prayer for that day's session of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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Local Monastery Sights: Lourdes Grotto

Lourdes Grotto

Lourdes Grotto

The monastery's Lourdes Grotto was created in 1891. Intended to foster prayers for vocations, it was blessed as a Pilgrimage Shrine.

The Grotto is just one of many sites in and around Belmont Abbey.

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