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Attend with the ear of your heart. This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice. The Rule of Saint Benedict Prologue: 1

Father James Stephen Behrens, OCSO, a monk at Holy Spirit Monastery, was laid to rest in the cemetary for our Community members on June 21. Fr. James left his mark on many.  The Funeral Mass was attended by over 500 people.   Related links: Thoughts and Reflections.

Father James Stephen Behrens, OCSO, a monk at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit died on Thursday, August 15th at the hospital. Father James was undergoing a lung biopsy procedure which led to complications that resulted in his passing.

Our Monastic Community will celebrate with joy the ordination to the priesthood of Brs. Cassian and Peter Damian on Friday June 28, 2019.  The ordination mass will commence at 10:00 a.m.  All are invited to attend the ordination mass. A reception will follow.

The Garden Store will be closed on Friday, June 28 in celebration of the ordination to the priesthood of Brs. Cassian and Peter Damian.

            This Lent has been a good time to reflect on the past year here at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit. We can find many reasons to rejoice.

Today the Monastery of the Holy Spirit celebrated its Diamond Jubilee—the 75th anniversary of its founding. 

Seventy-five years ago monks from Gethsemane Abbey set out for Conyers to establish the Monastery of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit.

In this year of 2019, we at The Monastery of the Holy Spirit are celebrating our 75th anniversary of monastic life in Georgia. Through these past 75 years, our world has seen so much change along with many significant events both wonderful and tragic.  Our monastery has lived through these times, prayed through these times, with much trust and faith in God.

Celebrating 73 years of foundation, we, the monks of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, a community of Catholic men, seek God through a common life of prayer, study, and work giving witness to Christ and the Gospel, in service to the church and the world.

Father Edward Thomas Morley, OCSO, 86, monk of the Cistercian (Trappist) Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia died peacefully in the monastery infirmary on Thursday June 1st after a long illness. 

Dom Bernard Johnson, Abbot emeritus of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery in Conyers, Georgia, died at the Abbey of New Clairvaux, Vina, California on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. He was 91 years old. He was elected the fifth abbot of Conyers on July 12, 1990 where he served until 2000. Dom Bernard returned his stability to Vina where he lived for 17 years until his death.

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