Monastery Celebrates 70th Anniversary (1944 – 2014)

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 12:00pm
Category: Monastery News


“…What matters most about the monastery is precisely that it is radically different from the world…
In a world of noise, confusion and conflict it is necessary that there be
places of silence, inner discipline, and peace.”

Thomas Merton

A Haven in the Wilderness
The Monastery of the Holy Spirit is a place of silence, solitude, and peace in a noisy world—a protected sanctuary for spiritual renewal and reflection.  Seventy years ago, 21 young monks arrived in rural Georgia to begin a monastic community. Today, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit continues to foster the consecrated community life laid down by these early monks. The monks of the order of “Cistercians of the Strict Observance” OCSO, better known as Trappist monks set aside the distractions of modern society in devotion to the Word of God in a tradition that goes back centuries. They serve humanity through the power and devotion of their prayers for the world, freely sharing the gifts of monastic life. Their journey into solitude makes them well equipped to accompany others who have embarked on spiritual journeys.  Perhaps for this reason, the monastery attracts people at a crossroads in their lives, serving as a haven for those in need of guidance or a quiet rest along the way.
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.
Next: We celebrate the community.

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