During the summer of 2016 in Villatalla we had a visit from Dom Cyprien, a former monk of Le Barroux, originally of American origin, together with two of his brothers, Father André and Brother Jean-Baptiste. At the beginning of February, Dom Cyprien offered us a trip to his monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe founded 25 years ago. It currently holds 40 monks, average age 25 years, including 5 priests and ten or so professed brothers. The remaining two thirds are lay brothers.
We found the spirit of our founders, Father Muard and Dom Romain Banquet very alive in this young establishment and the founding grace of Bedoin from the 1970s and 80s. The monastery is located in New Mexico in the town of Silver City, on a high and very isolated mountain plateau 2000 meters above sea level. We were amazed at the monastic solemnity and the spirit of this generous young group, joyful and full of charitable attention in regard to us. The buildings and all the details of the construction and interior fittings have been carried out with a great sense of the beautiful heritage of Dom Gérard. In the corridors and halls one can admire many paintings of French saints: Saint Joan d’Arc, Saint Francis de Sales, Saint Bernadette, not counting those of our founders. The monks work in numerous workshops: forge, woodwork, building, leatherwork, not to mention the breeding of horses, cows, sheep, chickens and rabbits; plus a vegetable garden that contains 3 large greenhouses, and especially a factory of a coffee with unsurpassable taste, in short a small monastic hive of activity, all very hard working and disciplined, with the worship of the traditional holy liturgy and the recitation of the rosary in community at the center of everything.
The schedule is about the same as at Le Barroux: arise at 3:15 am and retire to bed at 8:00 pm, except for Father Prior who works late after Compline. The community has already outgrown its existing buildings and the brothers live two to a cell. The monks are preparing to commence building a large church in the spring. Help them. Thank you!
So I invite you to discover this beautiful monastery of Tradition and fervor: www.ourladyofguadalupemonastery.com/