Profile: Father Elias

Father Elias on Becoming a Monk

"There is an insight gained from an actual visit. It was through this whole process that I felt emotionally drawn to Belmont Abbey, excited and enthusiastic about the possibility."
Father Elias' Story

The Latest Monastery News: July 2015

On July 11, Novice James Raber made his first profession of vows today as the community celebrated the Feast of Saint Benedict.

On July 10, Mr. Ronald Basque, who has lived with the community as a postulant for several months, was invested as a novice at Vespers and received the name Brother Augustine.

Brothers Anselm, Ephrem and George attended the annual juniorate formation program for junior professed monks of the Benedictine Confederation at Saint Benedict's Abbey, Atchison, KS from June 19-28.

The Diocese of Charlotte held its annual "Quo Vadis" vocation discernment retreat for young men at the abbey on June 15-19.

Abbot Placid attended the annual meeting of the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities at Benedictine College, Atchison, KS on June 7-9.

The monastic community held its annual retreat May 25-29. Father Albert Bruecken, O.S.B., of Conception Abbey, gave the retreat.

On May 25, the monastic community invited to Sisters of Mercy to the abbey for the annual Memorial Day picnic.

On May 16, Belmont Abbey College celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass and graduation exercises for the Class of '15.

In April, Abbot Placid joined the Knights and Dames of Malta for their annual pilgrimage to Lourdes.

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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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