Fundamentally, we seek to be the instruments of Divine Love.

What we believe

The community is united in its intention to "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22)

We each carry out this mandate very aware of our own faults before God: "The first degree of humility, then, is that you keep the fear of God before your eyes and beware of ever forgetting it." (Benedict of Nursia)

The love we know

The 'work' of the community is to bring the Love of God to all we meet. St. Bernard said: "You wish me to tell you why and how God should be loved. My answer is that God himself is the reason he is to be loved." (St. Bernard of Clairvaux)

The love we live out

All members of the community are committed to living out their calling where they live and work: "Whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes; whatever you do, do it according to the testimony of the Holy Scriptures; in whatever place you live, do not easily leave it. Keep these three precepts and you will be saved." (Anthony of the Desert)

The love we practice

Our calling to love God and neighbor in our communities is practiced day-by-day, hour-by-hour by following the One Way of the psalms and sitting "like a chick, content with the grace of God." (St. Romuald)

The love we are

We accomplish the deep love of Christ in our communities primarily through a fundamental renunciation of the world, by sitting in our cells "as in paradise," and placing ourselves in the presence of God with fear and trembling. (St. Romuald)

Bios of the current Guardians

Br. Isaiah (Vowed)

Teachers to the Community:
The Rev. Laura Howell, Obl.S.B., rector of Trinity Bethlehem, PA

Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Bishop of California (click here for his blog)

West Coast Retreat 2015
West Coast Retreat 2015

Triennial Convocation - St. John's Abbey, MN (July 2014)


West Coast Gathering (October 2012)

Br. Paul Antony, Br. Cuthbert, Bp. Marc, Br. Jordan, Br. Tikhon

East Coast Gathering (July 2013)

Br. Leo, Sr. Corby, Br. Cuthbert, Sr. Elizabeth Rose, Br. Paul Antony (electronically!) -
Sr. Mary Janessa was the photographer.