It has been said that in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which was promulgated by St. John Paul II in 1992, Part Four on Christian Prayer is the best-written section of the entire work. That statement hopefully doesn’t surprise us, for prayer is the primary action of our faith in God and our search for him. From the very creation of man, we have been searching for God, and this search is the impetus for our prayer, our encounter with him.
The monks are excited to introduce Mark Reed as the new Director of Advancement at St. Benedict’s Abbey. Mark brings over 30 years of non-profit experience to the Abbey Advancement team - we sat down with Mark to learn a little more about him - click ‘read more’ for the full Q & A
A monk of many talents and services to the Church and its people, a monk and priest with multiple roles, Father James Downey was born in Plattsburg, Mo., September 19, 1920. He attended St. Rita High School in Cameron, Mo., and graduated from Plattsburg High School in 1938.