The New Benedictine Community of the Holy Trinity (TNBC)
Report to CAROA/NAECC
April 23, 2022
We gather online at various times each week to do the Opus Dei following Benedictine daily prayer practices. We schedule our common prayer at varying hours during the day and evening in order to include members in different time zones. Our primary gathering for prayer is our Friday Vigils at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern) via Zoom. We also have opportunities to gather on-line for Compline on Tuesdays.
We held our Annual Chapter last year (2021) in late September at the Episcopal House of Prayer in Collegeville, Minnesota. Highlights of our time in Collegeville included opportunities to join in corporate prayer with the monks at Saint John’s Abbey and with the sisters at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in nearby St. Joseph, Minnesota. We anticipate returning to the Episcopal House of Prayer again this year for our annual Chapter if public health conditions permit.
Some of our members have participated in convocations of Being Benedictine in the 21st Century, a network of Roman Catholic and other Benedictines maintained and coordinated by some members of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas.
We are a contemporary expression of an ancient monastic tradition—“a school of the Lord’s service” (Prologue to the Rule of St. Benedict). We are a dispersed, vowed Benedictine community, incorporating the best of what is old and what is new—ecumenical and emergent but maintaining a timeless balance of prayer, service, and community. We seek to live in the presence of God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the One who creates, redeems, and brings to fulfillment. We remain open to new ideas and expressions of all kinds, whether religious, political, social, artistic, intellectual, or cultural. The whisper of God is present in all things, new or old, and new things may lead us to new ways of experiencing the reign of God among us. Because of our conviction that St. Benedict speaks wisdom to us today, we choose to be a community that lives out his values of prayer, service, hospitality, community, study and humility.
Our community currently consists of 2 Companions, 3 Novices, and 7 Vowed members. There are, additionally, 2 or 3 Inquirers who pray with us from time to time. We are located in England, Spain, Mexico, and the United States in Illinois, Kansas, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Our community is an active participant in the Anglican Benedictine Confederation, which is an informal gathering that meets on-line at approximately every six to eight weeks.
We invite any who may be drawn to Benedictine spirituality to get in touch. Following initial introductions, Inquirers may be invited to share in our weekly prayers and activities from time to time as they are able. Although Inquirers may or may not choose to come closer to our community, we welcome and support all those who journey with us.
Facebook: facebook.com/Sanktbenedikt/ TNBC Co-Priors:
Br. Michael Ruk firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr.Rebekah Scott email@example.com
Br. Robert Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
of Individuals Participating in the New Benedictine Community
As of November 2021
Acolyte, altar guild, lector, LEM, LEV, usher, greeter, hospitality Albergue Monasterio San Anton in Castrojeriz, Burgos – Spain Anglican rosary group – San Marcos, Texas
Asociacion Cultural de Moratinos – Spain
Camino Chaplaincy – Spain
Chaplaincy at Worcester Cathedral – England
Common Ground San Marcos – trans resource non-profit – Texas
Community of Hope International
Criminal justice advocacy and reform
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Expositivo Romanico Palentino, a group dedicated to Romanesque architecture – Palencia, Spain Fraternidad Internacional del Camino de Santiago (FICS) – Spain
Friends Living with Less
Fundacion Rehabitar Tierra de Campos, a cooperative dedicated to preserving and building in traditional
local adobe materials – Spain
Helper with online worship one evening a week for a group of country churches – England Invite-Welcome-Connect
Labyrinth group – San Marcos, Texas
Lectio Divina group – San Marcos, Texas
Madres Benedictinas and Marist Fathers at Monasterio Santa Cruz, Sahagun – Spain
Maggs Day Centre for homeless people – Worcester, England
Manos Amigues – Mexico City
Mental Health advocacy
Parish adult education programs and parish-sponsored Day of Caring – Fort Wayne, Indiana Parrochia de Santo Tomas Apostol de Moratinos – Spain
Peaceable Projects Inc. – Massachusetts and Spain
River Family – San Marcos, Texas
Spiritual director for clergy – England
Spirituality Network for the Diocese of Worcester – England
St. Philip’s Church and deanery of Bucks County – New Hope, Pennsylvania
The Friends of Worcester Cathedral – England
Transforming Hearts: Transgender Inclusion in Congregations
Vida Alegre – Mexico City
Youth RE/Formation – San Marcos, Texas