August 11- 13: Annual St. Laurence Pilgrimage: Open to all at no charge! The annual event to celebrate the Feast of St. Laurence, Patron of the Benedictine Fellowship of Saint Laurence. Accommodations are available on a first-reserved, first-served basis; RV's, Campers, and Tents are also welcome for this event. Stay tuned for more information, soon!
July 8 - 12: Annual Benedictine Oblates' Retreat at St. Laurence Center. A time to share in the life and work of the monastic community, share fellowship, and participate in presentations on oblate life and Benedictine spirituality. Free for Oblates of our Monastery; all others are asked to pay a modest $80 fee for the event. To register, contact the Director of Oblates.
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June 23 - 25: Annual Plein-air Painting Retreat at St. Laurence Center.
An opportunity for capturing the beauty of our 600-acre campus in 2D art. Open to all interested artists.
Registration is limited to 25 and is on a first-come, first accepted basis.
For more information, see our Facilities & Booking Page. Registrations must be submitted by mail and include the non-refundable, $25.00 registration fee.
A printable Registration Form is available here:
June 6- 10: Private Roman Catholic Retreat at St. Laurence Center.
June 3: Prior Theodore will speak at a pre-Pentecost Quiet Day at St. Benedict Orthodox Church, Wichita Falls, TX. Topic, TBA.
April 25 - May 5: Prior Theodore is traveling to northern New York State and Ontario, Canada, to collect a significant selection of books from the Library, and of ecclesiastical items from the Sacristy of Christ the Savior Monastery (ROCOR), at which both he and Dame Sophia previously spent time. We ask your prayers for Abbot Dom James, the sole remaining monk of this historic monastic community, who is in declining health and will be moving soon to other accommodations. He has graciously offered us the opportunity to retrieve much of what has been in storage since Christminster left Canada.
April 22-23: Youth Retreat for Christ the King Roman Catholic Church at the St. Laurence Center (closed event).
April 17 - 25: Novice Lazarus took a break from his hard work on the iconography for St. Michael's Church, Whittier, CA, to return here and spend the Octave of Pascha with the community.
April 9 & April 15-16: The Community will be assisting with worship for Palm Sunday and Holy Pascha at St. Augustine Orthodox Church, Denver. In addition, Prior Theodore will be at St. Augustine's to assist at the Vigil of Pascha on the night of April 15th. We pray a blessed Holy Week and Paschal Feast to all our friends and families!
March 28 - April 25: Stavrophore Nun Olga returns from St. Benedict Church, Wichita Falls, TX, for a second and more extended visit with the community, exploring Western Orthodox monastic life. We are grateful to Fr. Peter Kavanaugh and his flock for sharing their organist with us during such an important musical season!
March 18: Prior Theodore was the guest speaker for “Made Manifest by the Light: Finding the Way of Christ,” a Lenten Quiet Day hosted by St. Vincent of Lerins Orthodox Church, Omaha, NE. The Monastery has three Oblates at this parish, including the Pastor, Fr. Theodore Eklund.
March 22: A new statue of Our Lady was installed in the outdoor shrine next to the ramp to the Chapel. The statue is a copy of the famous "Bruges Madonna," sculpted by Michelangelo c. 1501-04. The original of this sculpture featured prominently in the 2014 movie, The Monuments Men.
Jan. 19: The Monastery hosted a gathering of Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic persons involved with prison ministry who, over a number of years, have worked with and come to know Monk Silas, a prisoner who converted to Orthodoxy and was, subsequently, tonsured a monk by His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver. Now at the Colorado Terratorial Correctional Institution in Canon City, down the hill from the Monastery, Monk Silas became an Associated Monastic last year (see the Spiritual Affiliates Page) and is visited monthly by Prior Theodore for Holy Communion and spiritual fellowship. His is a remarkable journey from a life of violent crime to a life of deep faith and witness to the transforming power of our Lord Jesus Christ, all within the confines of prison life, through the ministry of the Very Rev. Stephen Powley, for many years a prison chaplain, now the head of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry for the U.S. Fr. Stephen, who was able to be with us for discussion, fellowship, and lunch, is also the Pastor of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, Pueblo, CO.