Our mission is to make the ancient wisdom and practice of Benedictine spirituality accessible to modern people in the daily lives.
Friends of St. Benedict was founded in 1997 to carry on the work of the Canterbury Cathedral Trust in America in the area of Benedictine spirituality. In 1982, the first Benedictine Experience, held at Canterbury Cathedral, convinced a core group that an ongoing structure for organizing Benedictine retreats and educating interested groups on Benedictine wisdom could address a real need. Since then, The Friends of St. Benedict and its predecessor have offered ecumenical programs for clergy and lay people to explore the Rule of Saint Benedict within a community of participants.
Friends of St. Benedict continues to develop material and run programs on the Benedictine Way and spirituality, and many churches have established Benedictine groups. These and similar programs have changed the lives of thousands of people who have come to discover a balanced life of prayer, work, study and rest lived in community, which is the Benedictine charism.
The Friends publishes a newsletter, Regula, twice a year. This provides a vehicle for sharing information about experiences, as well as reflections by faculty and participants, and gives notice of Benedictine programs and pilgrimages sponsored by the Friends of St. Benedict and other organizations. The Friends also send out periodic emails with information on upcoming events and Benedictine resources. To subscribe to either Regula or our emails, please use the form on the right.
Friends of St. Benedict is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c) 3 and a public charity under section 509(c)4. Donations to Friends of St. Benedict are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Notes & News
Friends of St. Benedict 10th Annual Symposium
"Sleepers Wake: Saint Benedict's call to an Energized Life"
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Friends of St. Benedict 2022 Canterbury Pilgrimage
August 27 - Sept 3, 2022
Symposium 2021: Bonnie Thurston
Thomas Merton's Monastic Wisdom for These Times: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Click here for Program, Recommended Reading, and Bonnie Thurston's Writings
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Symposium 2020: Fr. Eric Hollas
Tools for Life, Monastic and Worldly
February 1, 2020
Symposium 2019 to Peter Hawkins
Dante's Benedict, A Layman's View
February 16, 2019
Friends of St. Benedict 2018 Canterbury Pilgrimage
August 26- September 1, 2018
"To quicken a festival in the innermost heart"
These words come from Roger Schütz, popularly known as Brother Roger, the Swiss monastic who in 1940 founded the Taizé Community...