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A message from Abbot Aidan,

We need YOU!

We need a new Monastic Chapel

We need a new Cloister

And we need a few good men to help us make this happen.

Could you be called to live the monastic life and help us renew our community? Would you be willing to follow the Lord like the first Disciples did? We live by and follow the Rule of St Benedict and the Constitutions of St Bernard Tolomei, the founder of our Congregation.

Yes we are an older community of monks, but with life in us, and I believe that where there is life there is hope, and where there is hope there is life - and we have both.

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 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 can be a great challenge, especially for some who are discerning a vocation. But the Lord is present, He will guide you and bring you to where He wants you to be.

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 some challenges, 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.

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, I will follow you.

We are situated on almost one thousand acres in the Pecos wlderness, with a lake, and the Pecos river that flows through our property. It truly is a beautiful spot, and God is present.

Are you willing to say yes to the Lord and help us build up our community and live the ideal of the monastic life? 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 to the Lord.

May God bless you, and may He guide you,

Abbot Aidan, OSB oliv


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