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Our latest guided centering.  For those finding this through Facebook, you can find the audio at .  God’s Peace.

Here is our latest session for guided centering.  For those finding this on Facebook, you can access the audio at  God’s Peace and blessings to you all.

Our latest guided centering prayer session.  For those finding this post on facebook, you can access the audio at God’s Peace.



Brother Kenneth Hosley, O.P.C. will be leading a hands-on iconography workshop beginning September 13th at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.  Classes will be every Monday evening from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM and will last from four to six weeks.  All necessary equipment will be supplied including prepared icon boards, brushes, paints, and gold leaf. 

Iconography is an ancient tradition within the Church.  While it is considered a beautiful art form, it is more importantly a powerful means of prayer.  Iconography is a process of prayer with the presence of God and the Saint we are honoring.   As icons are windows into the Divine, the iconographer must be open to the active presence of God and the Saint.  Every step of the process in writing an icon is symbolic, which helps to constantly focus the iconographer on the prayer at hand.  Despite misconceptions from some early Church Fathers and a great number of Protestants, icons are not idols.  When used in prayer, the faithful are not praying to the icon, but rather through it.  It serves as a means to focus our attention towards God and the people whom God has inspired.  Icons help us remember the vast array of our communion of saints as well as the important events around the life of our Lord Jesus.  This workshop will teach not only the basic techniques for writing icons, but also the deep symbolism and prayer that is inseperable from the process.  Because icons are so stylistic, anyone can create one.  We will also cover the history and different styles of iconography, including Coptic, Greek and Russian Orthodox, Western European, and Celtic. 

The cost for the workshop is $95.00.  Limited scholarships are available.  Each participant will be able to take home their own completed icon by the end of the workshop.  Preregistration is required.  To register, please contact Br. Kenneth at   Space is limited, so please register early.  God’s Peace and blessings to you all.

We have begun our series on guided centering prayer.  Below you will find the audio from the class so you can follow along on your own.  Enjoy and God’s Peace. (For those seeing this post through Facebook, you will need to go to to access the audio.)

Last week’s contemplative class was on the practice of labyrinths.  For those that were unable to attend, you can find the lesson handout on the Order’s website HERE.  God’s Peace.

August 2010

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  • Goliath Grow Beds: The end is in sight!
    Well, whadya know?  The grow beds are built and up and running!  Just like the bottom tanks, the grow beds are constructed from 2x4s and 4x4s.  The insides are lined with pond liners, and the central tube for the bell syphons are 2″ pvc.  The input pipe into the grow bed is 3/4″ pvc with valves attached so […]
  • “It’s a jungle in there!” or “Orchids Adorning Aquaponics”
    I know I said we’d have an update on Br. Addison’s work, but as he’s swamped with end of term homework and finals, we’ll wait another week for him to resurface from school so he can tell us all about some of the new plants he’s tracked down. In the meantime, thanks to our own […]
  • Construction Junction: monks with power tools
    So back to the aquaponics… With a consistent scale, the new and accurate plans for the system look like this: As you can see, the unit fits into the corner with two grow beds running along either wall, and the water tanks creating the triangular shape underneath.  The tank is divided into two sections for […]