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A message from Abbot Aidan,

It seems like such a long time ago now since I first set foot on the monastery property - so much has happened since then. And most of it has been a surprise to me, from a God who we know is often times full of surprises. "Not my will be done Lord, but yours". Challenging words to listen to in our world today - how we often want to do our will, we want to do what we want to do, when we want to do it. Letting go and allowing God in is a great challenge in the world today, and especially for some who are discerning a vocation.

Yes, it is a huge sacrifice leaving our family and friends, the world and its allurements, to follow the Lord in a vocation to the religious life. Sometimes we might work very hard in the monastery - and of course we don't get a paycheck! - but what great rewards await those who take that first step, just like St. Peter did when he stepped out of the boat toward his Lord.

Since I entered the monastery I have had many challenges and difficult days - even weeks, but through it all I have grown so much in myself, in my relationship with God and with my community. I entered just to be a monk, and now here I am the abbot! Who would have thought that - not me, I thought I was coming here for a quiet life as a monk, little did I know what the Lord had planned. And without a paycheck!

We are a small community, and yes we need vocations as many other communities do. We need men who are ready to say their 'yes' to God and to allow His will to unfold for them, and for them to share their gifts and talents with us. Could you be one of those men? Is it any accident that you are reading this right now? Not really, because we know that nothing is accidental with God, He has it all planned out, all He asks us to do is take that first step and say yes Lord, and follow Him.

Could you be one who the Lord is calling to this beautiful spot in the Pecos Valley bordering the Pecos Wilderness? We are situated on almost one thousand acres, with a lake, and the Pecos river that flows through our property. It truly is a beautiful spot, and God is present. Please write to me or call me - their is no obligation, other than taking that first step and following St. Peter and all the other Disciples who said yes Lord, I will follow you.

May God bless you,

Abbot Aidan, OSB oliv


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