St Benedict’s Sons in Ireland
The seed of Silverstream Priory was planted in my heart in 2004-2005.
Profoundly moved by Saint John Paul II’s apostolic letter, ‘Mane nobiscum Domine,’ I resolved to live the mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist and to preach that mystery every day during that year.Q. Tell us how Our Lord called you to a this vocation within a vocation.
I understood then that Our Lord was calling me to a “vocation within a vocation”: Not only to the pursuit of the traditional Benedictine life, but also to adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, in a spirit of reparation and intercession for the sanctification of priests.
Another series of providential circumstances led our embryonic community from Tulsa to County Meath in Ireland, where we found a property and buildings.
We made a novena to St Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, and prayed to Blessed Columba Marmion.
Upon arriving at Silverstream, I discovered hanging above the sacristy vesting cabinet, a framed document in Latin attesting to the dedication of the little church and its altar to St Thérèse.
And so, with the fatherly blessing of Bishop Slattery, Dom Benedict Andersen and I set out for the Isle of Saints and Scholars to implant traditional Benedictine life at Silverstream, committed to the traditional forms of the sacred Liturgy, celebrated in Latin with Gregorian chant.