Oklahoma'sTridentine Benedictines now history?

:slight_smile: Hello!

Say, it doesn’t seem like more than a few months back when we got a solicitation package with some really wild declarations about a French order of Benedictine Monks who had supposedly moved themselves lock, stock and barrel to the Diocese of East Oklahoma, whose head, I believe, is the Bishop of Tulsa.

They even talked in their literature of having to convince some general contractor or the other that their specifications for their projected monastery buiding were that it had to be guaranteed to last “1,000 years,” which I doubt even the original constractor-architects for the Tower of Babel would have been so rash as to promise!

Talk about tempting Yahweh!

At any rate, a few weeks back yours truly was tempted to click on what we supposed would have been their abbot’s “official website,” to see, if nothing else, how this man of men and his spiritual warriors were progressing.

But! No luck, at least not that weekend. Same with the Diocese of Eastern Oklahoma’s own official website: yeah, we got it o.k., but no reference, at least that I could find, to any such a religious order.

Thus, I 'b be happy to hear form anyone with up to date information about these fiery religious warriors: did they ever exist in the first place?

Did the Bishop of Tulsa actually say what they seem to quote him as saying, something about these monks “restoring christianity” to the good people of Oklahoma in general and to those in Tulsa in particuar? :confused:

Thanks for any input :wink:

See ya…

Aurelio :thumbsup:

I also remember getting a letter asking for donations. If I remember correctly it was from the Clear Creek Monastary in Oklahoma. I found this web site:

clearcreekmonks.org/

Is this the same Benedictines you are talking about?

:slight_smile: Yep!

That is indeed them! So, even if the “1,000 year building duration” is a bit much, their website IS still working!

Or at least it was this Saturday morning.

Yet, I’m still puzzled as to where they might be hidden on the Diocesan website for their area of Oklahoma, assuming the Bishop of Tulsa has any jurisdiction over them.

Then again, there doesn’t seem to be any real “Diocesan Directory,” giving say, a generic email address for that diocese itself.

Thanks a bunch!

Aurelio :thumbsup:

I assure you that they really do exist. I visited them several years ago. I haven’t really kept track of them lately, but I believe they are still alive and well.

The rarely updated website, www.clearcreekmonks.org, is not run by the monks themselves. It is run by a group of supporters of the monks.

:smiley: Boy!

That does it, guess it’s time to start to start eating my hat!

Humm…must be that Bishop in Tulsa is *really * committed to changing things in his diocese, :wink: like some of the bishops in those far-off medieval days, who brought in St. Bernard, along with a bunch of his own extended family of monks and nuns, to shake things up and get things going.

It is true these monks say nothing *but * the Tridentine Latin Mass?

'Cause, if so, a lot of our “progressive” brothers and sisters will most likle be coming down with at least a mild case of !!! :confused: of the “What’s going on here, anyway?” :smiley: variety.

So, good luck to these faithful followers of St. Benedict, and their awesome, long term, building projects. :wink:

Thanks for the update!

Aurelio :thumbsup:

The Clearcreek Monastery is a beautiful work in progress nestled in the wooded hills of NE Oklahoma.

I traveled to mass there this summer and was fortunate to witness the ordination of one of the monks. Our Bishop Slattery of the Tulsa diocese, who is responsible for the monks’ presence in our area, officiated at the Mass and ordination.

We plan to take our parish youth to visit sometime soon. It is an awesome experience to participate in the worship with the monks. Our “Northeast Oklahoma Catholic” newsletter keeps us continually updated on monastic happenings and always invite people to make a visit to the Monastery.

Perhaps you’ll be able to do so one day soon.
castoroils

:slight_smile: Yo!

Man, this whole business is sounding better and better. :wink:

Thanks!

Aurelio :thumbsup:

You’re so welcome. God bless.
castoroils :slight_smile:

[quote=Aurelio]:smiley: Boy!

That does it, guess it’s time to start to start eating my hat!

Humm…must be that Bishop in Tulsa is *really *committed to changing things in his diocese, :wink: like some of the bishops in those far-off medieval days, who brought in St. Bernard, along with a bunch of his own extended family of monks and nuns, to shake things up and get things going.

It is true these monks say nothing *but *the Tridentine Latin Mass?

'Cause, if so, a lot of our “progressive” brothers and sisters will most likle be coming down with at least a mild case of !!! :confused: of the “What’s going on here, anyway?” :smiley: variety.

So, good luck to these faithful followers of St. Benedict, and their awesome, long term, building projects. :wink:

Thanks for the update!

Aurelio :thumbsup:
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Yes indeed - all true. They are very active in the community too. As a matter of fact, just last month they hosted a 2 day seminar on land/livestock management for the area farming community.

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