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A message from Abbot Aidan,

According to the Rule of St Benedict, in the opening Prologue to the Rule, he reminds us of the importance of listening. This is certainly a challenge in our world today with all the busyness.
That's why its good to take some time away and go on retreat. Even if it's just for a few days, we will receive many benefits. And going away on retreat helps one discern what the Lord is calling us to do, particularly if one is discerning a vocation to religious life.

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 we invite you to 'come and look'.

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". 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.

Since I entered the monastery I have been challenged and tested, 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?

We are situated on almost one thousand acres in the Pecos wilderness, 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 - there 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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