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.
July 8 - 12: Annual Benedictine Oblates' Retreat was held at St. Laurence Center. This time of sharing in the life and work of the monastic community, oblate fellowship, and presentations on oblate life and Benedictine spirituality brought together 9 Oblates of our Monastery and 1 of our Associated Monastics. On July 11 we celebrated the Solemnity of St. Benedict with a Solemn High Mass and a Sermon by Father Prior.
June 23 - 25: Annual Plein-air Painting Retreat at St. Laurence Center.
Nine local artists took advantage of this opportunity to capture the beauty of our 600-acre campus in 2D art.
Ms. Anne Emmons, of St. Augustine Parish, Denver, gave a presentation on the process and techniques of icon painting.
Mark and Mah-rya Proper, and Chris and Jenn Anderson-Tarver donated the food and provided the meal preparation for the retreat. Our sincere thanks to them for their generous assistance!
June 23 - July 25: Brother Lazarus will be spending time at home in the Monastery before continuing his work at St. Michael's, Whittier. Phase 1 of the interior iconography is nearing completion and His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH is scheduled to bless the East and West Walls during his visitation there in late August.
June 6- 10: Private Roman Catholic Retreat at St. Laurence Center.
June 3-5: Prior Theodore spoke for a pre-Pentecost Quiet Day at St. Benedict Orthodox Church, Wichita Falls, TX. On Pentecost Sunday, he delivered the Sermon for the Sung Mass there. After Mass, with the help of Fr. Peter Kavanaugh, Father loaded up the Suburban with the things Stavrophore Nun Olga (Krum) was bringing with her to the Monastery, in preparation for driving back to Colorado on Monday the 5th.
May 16: Thanks to the hard work of Oblate Br. Stephen Greenlee, our new digital bell system was installed and activated, and we are now summoned to Divine Service by the joyous sound of swinging or pealing bells. Our heartfelt thanks to Mr. John Lawrence and Dr. and Mrs. Maxwell Greenlee, whose generous donations made this addition to the BFSL campus possible. The Greenlees made their gift in honor of their son, Br. Stephen.
May 16: Stavrophore Nun Olga (Krum), formerly of St. Barbara's Monastery, Santa Paula, CA (OCA) was formally transferred by His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin to the Monastery of Our Lady and Saint Laurence, under obedience to Father Prior Theodore. We welcome Mother, and ask your prayers for her as she adjusts to her new home in the Rocky Mountains!