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Saint Martin's Abbey

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
Towards the end of Morning Prayer, the power went out. Breakfast in monastic refectory by candlelight. Welcome to the Middle Ages.
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
Kenji will be received into the novitiate of Saint Martin's Abbey on February 2, the feast of the Presentation of our Lord. Please keep him in your prayers.
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Kenji Goodson

During high school, my religion teacher asked the class which of us thought marriage was their vocation. I raised my hand just to fit in with my peers, but it was then that I first felt God gently tugging me in a different direction.

I slowly began to discern over the next few years. During Mass I imagined what it would be like to become a parish priest. I went on retreats and gatherings with the Jesuits. At university and a later volunteer service at a middle school, I witnessed the ministry of Dominicans and Capuchin friars towards the students. Each time another small thread joined the others gently tugging at my heart, entwining to form a stronger and stronger bond. Though still I put off a full commitment, restlessly pursuing what the world had to offer.

But after being laid off from a software job, I saw it as an opportunity to reevaluate my priorities and make a serious step toward my vocation. God gave a mighty pull on the rope of my heart toward St. Martin’s Abbey. It was that inexpressible feeling of nervous love when I visited; when trying to describe it in romantic terms, I told my friends that I had found the one that I was going to marry. Now that I’m here, I pray that Christ continues to pull me closer to him with each little string of every moment.
Saint Martin's Abbey
Saint Martin's Abbey
Jesse will be received into the novitiate of Saint Martin's Abbey on February 2, the feast of the Presentation of our Lord. Please keep him in your prayers.
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Jesse Pascua

As a kid, my family moved between different homes across the country many times. By high school graduation, there was no one I ever called my best friend. For most of my life, there was no one I trusted; not even God.

Years later, God met me in the Bible. At His baptism, the heavenly Father praises Jesus: 'This is my Son. He pleases me." When I read this scene on a retreat, it was as if the Lord spoke these words about me. He said "You please me. You are a gift."

My response was to trust God's care and love; something I never earned. The monk holds scripture as the backbone of his worship. Read the Bible, especially the Psalms, as your story. With an open heart, you'll hear what I heard that first time: "You are a gift."