Immaculate Conception Benedictine Priory
- Fellowship for Intentional Community
Mission: Ecumenical Benedictines
Our Priory in formation welcomes those with a call for reconciliation and unity in order to make possible the desire of Christ "that all may be one" (Jn. 17). Our monastic community is above all else a reconciled community within itself. Being reconciled, allows us to embark in the work of reconciliation and unity of Christians.
The Ecumenical Mission of this Priory is rooted in sane teachings and tradition of the church of Christ:
“…The attainment of union is the concern of the whole Church, faithful and shepherds alike. This concern extends to everyone, according to his talent, whether it be exercised in his daily Christian life or in his theological and historical research. This concern itself reveals already to some extent the bond of brotherhood between all Christians and it helps toward that full and perfect unity which God in His kindness wills.
There can be no ecumenism worthy of the name without a change of heart. For it is from renewal of the inner life of our minds, from self-denial and an unstinted love that desires of unity take their rise and develop in a mature way. We should therefore pray to the Holy Spirit for the grace to be genuinely self-denying, humble. gentle in the service of others, and to have an attitude of brotherly generosity towards them. St. Paul says: "I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace". This exhortation is directed especially to those raised to sacred Orders precisely that the work of Christ may be continued. He came among us "not to be served but to serve".