Awaiting Pentecost

Awaiting Pentecost

Abbot Paul Mark shares on current and future days:

“The daily news is all about the pandemic and its tragic consequences.  It impacts us all.  Here in the monastery we offer a prayer daily for protection all people, a resolution to the pandemic and for the deceased and their loved ones.

            But here is some Good News, Pentecost is coming!  This Mystery of Salvation celebrates the beginning of the faith community we call church.  The church flows from the side of the pierced Jesus that spews forth his precious water and blood,

breathing deeply upon his followers in the upper room that first evening of the Resurrection, and roaring into tongues of flames on those followers in the same upper room 50 days later.

            Hope, courage, and boldness fill these first believers and form them into the believing community we know as the church.  They come to understand Jesus’ words of promise, life, love, and transformation and go out to announce this Good News to the world.  We, their spiritual descendants, believe in Jesus’ presence working in and among us by the work of his Holy Spirit with the same hope, courage and boldness.  What more have we to fear? 

            I pray this feast of Pentecost be GREAT news for you to transform your life.  Fear not, for the Spirit will teach and guide you to all truth, says the Lord (John 16:13).  So be it!”




Cistercian monastic life gives primary place of chanting the Opus Dei or Divine Office in community as well as personal time spent in sacred reading which fulfill the monk's sacred duty of seeking God.


Cistercian monastic life allows rooms for guests because all guests are to be received as Christ.  We never know if we have entertained angels.

Life in Common

Cistercian monastic life is communal:  We share all things in common as did the early Christian community so as to live in greater charity and union with Christ.