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The Benedictine Abbey of Saint Martin's, founded in Lacey, Washington in 1895 as a monastery of the American Cassinese Congregation, is a community of Roman Catholic men dedicated to providing Christian witness in the Pacific Northwest through its monastic life of prayer and work, education and service to the Church. Saint Martin's Abbey fulfills its mission through liturgical prayer and worship, through its support of Saint Martin's University and through its pastoral service to the local Church.
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
While at the Episcopal Council at Mount Angel Abbey today, Abbot Marion and Brother Damien shared lunch and discussed seminary formation, the future of monastic life, and academics. Br. Damien is studying at Mount Angel Seminary this year and completing his Master of Philosophy this spring. Let us pray for his continued intellectual formation and also his formation as an ambassador of Christ's peace and mercy to the world today.
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
Happy name's day to Br. Luke!

In 2019, Br. Luke traveled to Russia with students and faculty from Saint Martin's University and College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota for a four-week language program hosted by Petrozavodsk State University. In this photo, Br. Luke tries to imitate the somber expression of 19th century Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, whose image is represented on the wall of this subway station in Moscow.

This semester, Br. Luke is excited to co-teach a course on Dostoevsky for the second time with colleague in the Department of Literary Studies and scholar of Russian literature, Dr. Jamie Olson.
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
Today is the feast day of St. Edward, king of England (1004-1066), and the namesday of our confrere, Fr. Edward. Edward the Confessor spent his life and his reign over England in relative peace, cultivating virtue and was the first and only king of England to be canonized to sainthood. He earned the title “Confessor” from holding fast to his face in the midst of political persecution that would have him bend the precepts of his faith. From Butler’s Lives of the Saints:

“St. Edward was nursed in the wholesome school of adversity, the mistress of all virtues to those who make a right use of it. The heart of the young prince seemed almost naturally weaned from the world by an early feeling experience of its falsehood, deceitfulness, and miseries. This also led him to seek comfort in the only true channel, which is virtue and the divine love. Though educated in the palace of the duke of Normandy, he was always an enemy to vanity, pleasure, and pride; so diligently did he fortify his mind against the contagion of a court in which these vices reigned. The arms by which he triumphed over them were, at the same time, the means by which he grounded his heart in the rooted habits of the contrary virtues.”

Let us all pray for a growth in the virtues--the habits of character--that enable us to live a life of love, humility, and selfless service to one another.

(Pictured below is a relic of St. Edward the Confessor from Mount Angel Abbey's reliquary.)