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Raymond Cardinal Burke at Clear Creek Monastery December 17, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.

Clear Creek, for those of you who don’t know, is a very traditional Benedictine monastery in the Diocese of Tulsa, OK.  They are growing by leaps and bounds, but always need support as they need great resources to build their very impressive new church.

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke recently visited – may he be our next Pope!  Check out how they greet him!  I would like to see our prelates and even priests greeted in such a manner again!

H.E. Bishop Slattery was also present – now there’s a rare bishop, one that responds personally and quickly to e-mails!  I love it when the sub-deacon covers his eyes at Solemn Masses!

Big h/t to Ars Orandi, this is awesome.


1. Elizabeth - December 18, 2012

I recently stumbled upon your blog and love it! Thank you for your post about Clear Creek. How beautiful. I had the supreme pleasure of spending four days there with the small group of Sisters that are loosely attached to these monks. Their “house” was just down the road from the monks, back when they were just beginning to build the new monastery.

We’d go to Mass with the monks twice a day, held in a small make-do lovely chapel. It was like Heaven on earth, truly. The chant is other-worldly, the incense is thick, and it was the first time I’d ever seen the ancient practice of several priests/monks offering Mass at the same time throughout the chapel. The main celebrant at the main altar, but 6 others going on at the same time. Wow.

My retreat with the Sisters was at a time when I was discerning a vocation and they were one of only a very few who are 1) traditional, and 2) would consider a “late” vocation as I was already in my 40’s. Alas, I didn’t feel called to them. I found myself wishing that I could’ve spent the entire time with the monks instead (!) but of course they’re an enclosed order ~ couldn’t even talk to the monks, only the Prior and one other, although I think men may visit and dine with the monks.

Such a holy place. I’d love to go back again someday. I know they have a house off the grounds for folks to come and visit. Can be difficult to get to as it’s a couple of hours from Tulsa and the roads wash out regularly. But it’s worth it ~ I’d love to see their new monastery!

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