April 15th @ 11:30am
A Life of Prayer, Works and Virtue
We follow the Rule of St. Benedict, founded on the vow of stability, conversion of life and obedience.
[Leaving from the Providence United Methodist Church @11:30 am.
We meet beside the gazebo in the parking lot.
Tour starts @ 12:30 pm.]
LEARN ABOUT THE MONASTERY
Belmont Abbey is a monastery of the Benedictine Order. For more than 1500 years, men have become monks according to Saint Benedist's insight. But each Benedictine abbey stands independently, with its own unique character. So although the monks of Belmont observe a centuries old Rule, still followed in monasteries throughout the world, this abbey has its own distinct life.
In 1876, Benedictine monks from Saint Vincent Archabbey in Pennsylvania came to North Carolina and took possession of the former Caldwell farm to form what would become Belmont Abbey and to open Saint Mary's College.
The first Benedictine priest, Father Herman Wolfe, arrived at Belmont Abbey in April of 1876, accompanied by two students. Classes began immediately. By the beginning of the fall term, enrollment had doubled to four.
Today, Belmont Abbey is a growing monastery of twenty men. Its members have been praying and working together according to the teachings of the Gospel and the wisdom of Saint Benedict for over 130 years. The Abbey is situated on a 700-acre campus in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. While its proximity is near to the conveniences of modern urban life, it has preserved the benefits of its somewhat removed location, which helps buffer it from the distractions of ordinary life.
THE BENEDICTINE MONKS OF BELMONT ABBEY
The monks of Belmont Abbey have diverse backgrounds. Our current confreres come from several states on the East Coast and beyond. They have pursued graduate studies in fields such as Chemistry, Theology, Philosophy, History, English, and Meteorology. Before entering monastic life, some of the monks pursued professional careers in business, education, and retail sales, and several served on active duty in various branches of the Armed Forces.