Ronald Lau, a parishioner of St. Mary Parish, has made his first profession of Monastic Vows with the Benedictine Community at the Mount Saviour Monastery, near Pine City, New York. He has chosen the Monastic name of Brother Mark.
The vows of a Benedictine Monk, the monastic vows set forth by St. Benedict in his Rule, are unique to the modern Church. The Rule of St. Benedict states: “When he is to be received, he comes before the whole community in the oratory and promises stability, fidelity to monastic life and obedience. This is done in the presence of God and his saints.”
Obedience means to “listen intently.” This vow is undertaken in a spirit of faith and love in following Christ who was obedient to the will of the Father. It requires that a monk listen intently to the voice of God as it is manifested in the Sacred Scriptures and the teachings of his superiors.
Stability binds the monk in both body and spirit to the community of his profession for the rest of his life, where he serves under both a Rule and an Abbot.
Fidelity to the monastic way of life encompasses all aspects of the total self-offering of the monk to God. Under this vow are included the evangelical counsels: poverty and chastity, which commit the monk to a renunciation of personal possessions and embracing celibacy for the sake of the kingdom.
St. Mary Parish has been blessed with vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and deaconate. It is a sign that the Spirit is present and that our community supports and affirms those who the spirit calls to ministry in the church. Continue to pray that hearts will continue to be open to that call.
The Priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago will gather once again for a Convocation with Cardinal Cupich on June 18th-20th. Since the Cardinal has emphasized the importance of our attending this gathering we will not be present for the 8:15 a.m. Mass on these 3 days. Deacon Randy Belice will lead a Communion Service on those mornings. Please keep us in your prayers especially during these days.