Monastery News

Attend with the ear of your heart. This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice. The Rule of Saint Benedict Prologue: 1

Dom Bernard Johnson, Abbot emeritus of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery in Conyers, Georgia, died at the Abbey of New Clairvaux, Vina, California on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. He was 91 years old. He was elected the fifth abbot of Conyers on July 12, 1990 where he served until 2000. Dom Bernard returned his stability to Vina where he lived for 17 years until his death.

Brother Laurin Hartzog, OCSO
Brother Laurin Hartzog, 86, monk of the Cistercian (Trappist) Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia died in the monastery infirmary on Friday morning after a long illness. The burial service took place at the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial on Monday 12/19 at 9:00 AM at the monastery church.

The monastery is privileged to have hosted a Holy Door and a pilgrim site for our archdiocese during this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The Year of Mercy concluded on November 20, the closing celebration of the Holy Door was celebrated on Sunday November 20, the Solemnity of Christ the King with a specially scheduled Mass at 9:00 AM.

On Monday August 15, 2016, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary Abbot Augustine Myslinksi, OCSO, received the abbatial blessing having been elected as the eighth abbot of the monastery.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Anthony Delisi, OCSO monk and priest of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA, who died peacefully in the company of his brother monks praying at his side on Monday May 9th.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection and the burial took place on Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 AM. at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit.

The Jubilee of Mercy, as declared by Pope Francis, began on December 8, 2015 and will continue through November 20, 2016. The Year of Mercy was inaugurated in Rome and around the world by the opening of the Holy Doors.

This year the Monastery of the Holy Spirit celebrates 70 years of foundation – 7 decades of monastic witness and presence in Georgia. At this milestone in our history, we honor the three essential elements that comprise a monastery as we celebrate the community, the place, our friends and benefactors, with Christ being its cornerstone.

Father Luke Kot, 102, last of Conyers founders.
Brother Kenneth (Ken) Sullivan, 85, monk of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit died peacefully at the monastery’s infirmary on Monday December 2, 2013.
Brother Alphonse Insalaco, 89, of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia died peacefully on Tuesday September 24, 2013 after a few months of illness.