Bishop Lopes sends greetings to the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of Benedictine Oblates

Brother John-Bede Pauley OSB of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, has posted the following on the blog of the St. Benet Biscop Oblates:

Greetings and Appreciation from Bishop Lopes

In these early months of his episcopacy, Bishop Lopes honors the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates with the following words:

“I have followed with great interest the activities of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates. It is a matter of great personal joy that this chapter of Oblates is bringing the richness of the Anglican liturgical and spiritual heritage to bear in the Abbey where I once explored a monastic vocation.”

Though God has called Bishop Lopes to a different vocation than that of being a monk, it is encouraging that the appeal of Benedictine spirituality is close to Bishop Lopes’s heart.

I might add that I’m delighted the letter was signed on the feast of St. Anselm of Canterbury. St. Anselm was not only a monk and an Archbishop of Canterbury, he was also, according to Martin Thornton, the “father-founder” of English spirituality “who first brought all the essential elements together, who gave the school its clear character and stamp.”

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