Receive me, Lord, as you have promised, and I shall live;
do not disappoint me in my hope.
Psalm 119:16/Rule of Benedict 58:21
The Missionary Benedictine community of Christ the King Priory celebrated three milestones on September 6, 2009: the 40th anniversary of priestly ordination of Father Volker, the 5th anniversary of oblation of our first group of Oblates, and the first monastic profession of Brother Damian. Abbot Michael Reepen, O.S.B., of Münsterschwarzach Abbey, presided at the Eucharistic Liturgy and Rite of Monastic Profession. Joining in the celebration were a group of Missionary Benedictine Sisters from Immaculata Monastery, confreres from Conception Abbey, including Abbot Gregory Polan, O.S.B., and numerous Oblates, family members, and friends.
In his homily, Abbot Michael reflected on the importance Saint Benedict placed on listening, and connected this theme with the story of the deaf man healed by Jesus in the Gospel according to Mark. Emphasizing that ”it is the essence of the created to be God’s call, to be God’s call turned into response,” Abbot Michael reminded the assembly that “this celebration is meant to encourage all of us to trust in God.”
Abbot Michael examines Br. Damian
Br. Damian signs his profession document
Br. Damian receives the long scapular
Abbot Michael, Br. Damian, and Abbot Gregory
Br. Damian with family and confreres
The Oblates pay tribute to Fr. Volker
The Oblates surprise Fr. Volker with various gifts
Guests enjoy a festive brunch
Abbot Michael, Br. Damian, and Missionary Benedictine Sisters
Abbot Michael, Fr. Volker, and Oblates