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  • Associates - Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY: A Benedictine Community in the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church
    years after the founding of the order Since that time the Associates have been a vital part of the life work and vision of the Order Associates live under The Associates Rule which they adapt and interpret in consultation with a member of the community or their Spiritual Director In this way the rule can be tailored very specifically to your life and circumstances We believe this helps each person to grow in the spirit and in their own gifts This is very much in keeping with the Order of the Holy Cross and with the very practical wisdom of our Benedictine identity The Associates Rule has five parts General Principles Core Values Practical Disciplines Spiritual Tools and Requirements of Membership Associates of Holy Cross are committed to centering their lives in the basic values of Benedictine spirituality Community Hospitality Humility Balance and Mindfulness If you are interested in spiritual growth and in a more ordered spiritual life then you may wish to consider becoming an Associate For more information or a copy of the Associates Rule please contact Br Randy Greve Director of Associates Holy Cross Monastery PO Box 99 West Park NY 12493 You may also contact the

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  • The Associates’ Rule - Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY: A Benedictine Community in the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church
    on principal feasts and holy days if it is available Some may find that they also are fed by weekday celebrations Daily Office For Benedict the Daily Office is the work of God It roots our life in the Psalms and Scripture and helps us live into the seasons of the church The recitation of the Daily Office marks the holiness of our days and teaches us to live with right faith certain hope and perfect charity Associates may use one or more of the Daily Offices from the Book of Common Prayer the Monastic Diurnal or some other collection for daily worship Or they may pray shorter offices or adopt some alternative form of regular reading of the Psalms and Scripture Consistency is key The Daily Office may provide the framework for personal prayer and self examination Personal Prayer Finding time each day to spend alone with God in silence is central to our spiritual life Our part is to be there offering the time and listening with the ear of our heart for the Holy Spirit s leading God may draw us to penitence thanksgiving intercession meditation adoration or other form of prayer expressed either in words or in the inner silence of the heart Lectio divina the monastic tradition of slow and prayerful reading and pondering of Sacred Scripture or other holy texts to feed the heart as well as the mind is especially to be recommended as an appropriate form of personal prayer Self examination Regular self examination confession and reconciliation are central to a loving relationship with God and our neighbors This may include but is not limited to the Sacrament of Reconciliation Study An inquiring and enlightened heart and mind are fundamental to the transformation of our lives and the widening our horizons All study whether explicitly religious or not can enrich our prayer Stewardship We are called as Christians to appreciate and to use the gifts God provides us but at the same time to nurture a certain degree of inner freedom with regard to them We are called to be in the world but not of the world We are to be faithful stewards of our bodies our hearts our minds our goods and our natural environment in gratitude to God and to God s glory Mission Jesus modeled for us a life of compassion where the call to love our neighbors is to be understood as a call to love and serve others especially the poor and the afflicted Spiritual Tools The following are traditional aids offered to us so that as we progress in this way of life and in faith we can run on the path of God s commandments our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love RB Prol 49 A spiritual director or spiritual friend can assist in keeping us on the narrow way challenging us when we attempt to domesticate God A spiritual journal can mark our course and help us to see our way

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  • People - Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY: A Benedictine Community in the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church
    heard of Holy Cross He was very much interested in missionary work He heard of Holy Cross mission work in Liberia He wrote the Order about it but did not receive an encouraging response about missionary work Four years later Br Rafael confided in his Bishop of his interest in the Holy Cross Monastic community The Bishop was very pleased with the young man s intererest and enabled Rafael to come to the United States to try his vocation That was in 1965 Br Rafael has been a monk ever since As it happened Rafael did eventually get to go to Liberia for eight years of mission work He has lived in West Park since 2010 Br Bede Mudge Br Bede Mudge entered Holy Cross in 1964 when he was 25 so most of his life has been spent in the Order Though he has lived in other houses of the Order the majority of his time has been here at West Park He has served as Novice Master twice and as Prior of two other houses and has been Prior here for 3 years He also managed the book and gift shop and was director of the Guesthouse Christian Spirituality Spiritual Direction and the practice and teaching of Meditation have been his ministries After all these years one of his chief joys is still the singing of the Divine Office day by day Br Ronald Haynes Br Ronald has been with the Order of the Holy Cross for forty two years He has currently been at West Park for the past thirty years He was the Director of Associates for many years He also served as Assistant Novice Director Br Ronald started a ministry of massage therapy at the monastery and offered massages for over fifteen years Br Roy Parker Roy Parker s brief career as a tool designer for Pratt Whitney Aircraft before entering Holy Cross laid a foundation for his current one in calligraphy which began decades ago when he happened upon the book Sweet Roman Hand and fell in love with Italic script He has worn other hats at one time dubbed Mt Calvary s Man of Culture for his abilities in making yogurt and sourdough bread The singing of chant has been life giving for him as has the practice of Centering Prayer the method of which he has been trained to present to beginners Br Lary Pearce Until he entered the Order in 1985 Lary Pearce lived most of his life in Georgia and South Carolina He read G G Coulton s Medieval Panorama when he was a senior in college in 1962 and became interested in monasticism and did not realize a vocation until 1984 when he applied for admission to the postulancy He was life professed at Mount Calvary Santa Barbara California in 1990 and served as Guest Master there from 1988 through1994 He transferred Berkeley in 1994 where he studied the New Testament with William L Countryman at the Church Divinity

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  • Vocations - Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY: A Benedictine Community in the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church
    life as it is lived in OHC At the end of the first six months if the postulant chooses to continue and the community consents he is admitted as a novice and receives the monastic habit It is during these two years that the basic foundation of the monastic life is laid Br Peter is vested with his choir cowl at Initial Profession After completing the novitiate the novice with the consent of the community makes his annual profession renewing his vow each year until he feels ready to make a life commitment Perhaps God is inviting you or someone you know to explore more deeply the possibility of a monastic vocation If so write to one of our vocation directors for more information If you feel ready to do so you may want to attach your filled in Introductory Questionnaire to your message to the Vocations Minister A Brief History of the Order Our three Postulants Will Owen Joseph Wallace Williams and Reinaldo Martinez Cubero The Order of the Holy Cross is an Anglican Episcopal monastic community within the Benedictine tradition and was founded in 1881 in New York City s Lower East Side by the Rev James Otis Sargent Huntington Fr Huntington was an extraordinary Christian for his time possessing heroic courage and uncommon foresight He was an active social reformer with a deep sense of social responsibility His understanding that social justice and advocacy can only be sustained by the primacy of prayer and contemplation as foremost in the monk s life is the legacy he left to the Order and for one hundred and twenty years the Order s various ministries have been sustained by that legacy In 1984 the Order acknowledged that the legacy it had inherited from Fr Huntington and had lived for one

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  • Suggested Resources - Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY: A Benedictine Community in the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church
    1980 The Rule of Saint Benedict in English Collegeville Liturgical Press 1981 Kardong Terrence OSB Benedict s Rule A Translation and Commentary Collegeville Liturgical Press 1996 Esther De Waal c OHC A Life Giving Way A Commentary on the Rule of St Benedict Collegeville Liturgical Press 1995 Online text of Benedict s Rule http www osb org gen rule html Benedictine Spirituality and History Jean LeClerq OSB The Love of Learning and the Desire for God A Study of Monastic Culture New York Fordham University Press 1961 King Peter Western Monasticism A History of the Monastic Movement in the Latin Church Kalamazoo Cistercian Publ 1999 Contains a chapter on Anglican monasticism Columba Marmion OSB Christ the Ideal of the Monk St Louis Herder 1926 Columba Stewart OSB Prayer and Community The Benedictine Tradition London Darton Longman and Todd 1998 Michael Casey OCSO A Guide to Living in the Truth Saint Benedict s Teaching on Humility Petersham St Bede s Publications 1999 Michael Casey OCSO Strangers to the City Brewster Paraclete Press 2005 Esther De Waal c OHC Living with Contradiction Reflections on the Rule of St Benedict San Francisco Harper Row 1989 Lectio Divina Michael Casey OCSO Sacred Reading The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina Liguori Triumph 1996 Innocenzo Gargano OSB Holy Reading An Introduction to Lectio Divina Norwich Canterbury Press 2007 Mariano Magrassi OSB Praying the Bible An Introduction to Lectio Divina Collegeville Liturgical Press 1998 On the Order of the Holy Cross Vida Dutton Scudder Father Huntington The Founder of the Order of the Holy Cross Dutton 1940 Adam Dunbar McCoy OHC Holy Cross A Century of Anglican Monasticism Morehouse 1987 Richard Paul Vaggione OHC The Rule of James Otis Sargent Huntington and his successors The Order of the Holy Cross 1991 Additional Resources These resources may help

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  • About Us - Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY: A Benedictine Community in the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church
    Ontario Canada Mariya uMama WeThemba Monastery Grahamstown South Africa About Us Holy Cross Monastery is part of the Order of the Holy Cross We are a Benedictine Community in the Anglican Communion Episcopal Church USA The Order was founded by Father James Otis Sargent Huntington in New York City in 1884 The community moved from New York City to Maryland before settling in West Park in 1902 Our facilities consist of 2 Guest Houses the Monastery Church of St Augustine and the Monastic Enclosure located on twenty six magnificent acres on the west bank of the Hudson River The primary ministry of Holy Cross Monastery is to guests on individual and group retreats Our Guesthouse is among the largest monastic retreat facilities in the Episcopal Church Rooms are available for overnight stays so that you can join with us and explore the spiritual dimension of your life We estimate that about 5 000 people visit us each year In addition to our guest ministry we also manufacture incense publish and operate a book and gift shop The primary work of the community is worship and prayer which are the central components of our daily life Search for Worship Services 7

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  • Contact Us - Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY: A Benedictine Community in the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church
    be reached in the following ways Our mailing address PO Box 99 West Park NY 12493 By telephone 845 384 6660 Common Extensions Guesthouse office 3002 Monk s Cell Book and Gift Shop extension 3004 You may also use the following form to e mail us Person you wish to Contact General E mail Guest House Monk s Cell Bookstore Novice Master Prior of Holy Cross Monastery Director of Associates

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  • The Order of the Holy Cross - Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY: A Benedictine Community in the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church
    expression of monasticism The Order is comprised of 4 houses in the US Canada and South Africa We live in community under the threefold vow of obedience stability and conversion to the Monastic way of life as stated in the Rule of St Benedict Our life also reflects the rule of our Founder Fr James Huntington Some seek God in the religious life If you would like to learn more

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