Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fr Mark Kirby O.S.B. makes a courageous move today. Your prayers please!

After a long period of prayer, discennment, negotiation and subsequent practical organisation, our dear Hon, Spiritual director of the Oasis, flies out of Tulsa today, en route for County Meath, Ireland where he hopes to make a permanent home for the Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle at the invitation of the local ordinary Bishop Smith, and to whom he is being 'lent' by his own good Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa Oklahoma. Father's novice, Brother Benedict, and Hilda the monastery dog are going with him.. I know they can rely on the prayers of all who have followed 'Vultus Christi' blog over the years, and also of the swelling group of Oblates in the US. Fr Mark will be much missed there, but I imagine that he intends to conduct the ministry of Oblate Master via the blog and the private Priory Facebook page.  Please pray for Irish and other European vocations to the monastic community as well as to the Oblateship. (As most of you know, Father runs a solidly traditional monastery with daily Mass and Office according to the pre-Vatican II liturgical books. He also speaks Italian and French.).

As for me, I'll be on edge until I know of his safe arrival and installation!

May God protect and strengthen you my dear father in Christ.    


Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, O.S.B. said...

Dearest Jane, Thank you for your kind words and prayers. We will be in Ireland tomorrow.

Annie said...

Prayers! And how marvellous :)

Jane said...

Thanks Annie! Yes indeed it's truly marvellous. Deo gratias!

Gertrude said...

As we begin our Oblate Retreat at the Abbey, I join my prayers for Dom Mark.


Jane said...

Thanks Marion, It's comforting to kmow we're all in the same 'extended family'!