Quarr Abbey and the Isle of Wight

2021-01-12T09:11:07-04:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Blog, Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

I was a curate (parochial vicar) in the Church of England in the late 80s when an older priest introduced me to the Isle of Wight. The island is a beautiful, little known corner of England that is delightfully behind the times. Opposite the port of Portsmouth, just off the Southern coast of the English mainland, [...]

The Hermits of Camaldoli

2016-02-09T13:09:17-04:00February 9th, 2016|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

The hermits of Camaldoli were founded by St Romuald--a Benedictine monk-- in the mountains of central Italy in 1012. It is the home base of the Camaldolese Monastic order. I visited Camaldoli in the summer of 1987 during my hitch hiking pilgrimage from England to the Holy Land. It was a long hike up the mountain before [...]

Abbey of San Antimo, Tuscany, Italy

2015-12-05T12:15:20-04:00December 5th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , |

The ancient Romanesque church is situated in a beautiful secluded valley in Tuscany. I visited here last summer while on a private pilgrimage to Italy. Ever since I had seen this church and been inspired by it to build our new church of Our Lady of the Rosary it had been a dream of mine to make [...]

Mt Athos

2015-12-04T19:27:52-04:00December 4th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , |

The Holy Mountain - Mount Athos is the premier monastery--or collection of monasteries in the Eastern Orthodox faith. Located on a peninsula in Northeastern Greece... Mount Athos has been inhabited since the ancient times and is known for its nearly 1,800-year continuous Christian presence and its long historical monastic traditions, which date back to at least 800 A.D. and [...]

Quarr Abbey, Ryde, Isle of Wight

2015-11-24T19:12:48-04:00November 24th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , , , |

Quarr Abbey If you came this way, Taking any route, starting from anywhere, At any time or at any season, It would always be the same: you would have to put off Sense and notion. You are not here to verify, Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity Or carry report. You are here to kneel [...]

On the Ordering of Time and Place

2015-11-10T09:46:21-04:00November 10th, 2015|Categories: Suburban Hermit|Tags: , , , , |

Monks in Chapter Everything will be done at the proper time. -- Rule of St Benedict Idleness is the enemy of the soul, and so monks should be occupied at some times with manual labor, and at certain times with holy reading. -- Rule of St Benedict The monk renounces a life of agitation [...]


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