In 2014 St. Patrick’s Anglican Church raised 3 members to the Anglican Communion of Benedictines (part of the Anglican Church in North America – ACNA). This began the operation of the St. Patrick’s Benedictine House of Prayer.
The Benedictines are a third order, living a non-cloistered (outside the monastery walls), non-celibate (married members are allowed) life of prayer and devotion to The Rule of Life written by St. Benedict of Nursia in 523 AD. While the rule is very ancient, the call to prayer and service (Ora et Labora) is eternal. St. Patrick’s Benedictines first and foremost are a praying Order, remembering our Arch-Bishop, Bishops, Priests, Deacons and all ministers daily in our prayers to God. We also seek to serve our Parish in any way needed.
In 2016 Br. Dorrence Stovall, OSB was made Prior over the house and works under the oversight of Abbot Patrick Malone (Abbot for the Anglican Communion Benedictines) and Fr. Raymond Kasch, Rector of St. Patrick’s Anglican. The membership has grown during this time and additional persons are in formation (learning the rule and how to live the life).
The Order meets every 4th Saturday for Morning Prayer. All who wish to participate are welcome to attend. We meet in the Sanctuary at St. Patrick’s Anglican Church.
For those of you who may be interested in learning more about the Benedictine way of life please drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to answering your questions.