D.C. Catholics Join Effort for Oklahoma Monastery

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D.C. Catholics Join Effort for Oklahoma Monastery


Byline: Julia Duin, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Some big names in the District's Catholic community are involved in raising money for a medieval-style monastery in an out-of-the-way corner of northeastern Oklahoma.

Political commentators Pat Buchanan and Joseph Sobran, Ann Sheridan of the Georgetown Ignatian Society, L. Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center and more than 80 guests will kick off a fund-raiser at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Top of the Town restaurant in Arlington.

Our Lady of the Annunciation of Clear Creek Monastery, a Benedictine monastery in Hulbert, Okla., and a showplace for Gregorian chant and Latin Masses, is trying to raise $32 million. So far, $4 million has been raised to build a large church and living quarters for 60 to 70 monks on a 1,000-acre spread in the foothills in the Ozarks.

Currently, the 22 resident monks live and worship in a converted horse barn with a concrete floor. A few are living in outdoor garden sheds. Another building, which contains offices, a refectory (dinning hall), a shoe and tailor shop, is a large log cabin.

"We just follow the old monastic life. We pray, worship and do manual labor and give counseling to people," said its abbot, the Rev. Philip Anderson.

"There's a whole culture war going on and a series of disappointments with the Catholic Church in America," he said. "People look to this monastery as a new beginning, as a new element that has a solid backing in a long tradition of monastic life."

The Benedictine order dates back to the fifth century. …

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