The first spark of interest in Mexico came from Fr. Alcuin Heibel, OSB, who longed to find a way to help the impoverished local farmers improve their farming methods. In 1935 Fr. Alcuin traveled to Mexico to learn more about the land, people, and culture, in the hope of finding a way to help.
The Priory Today
Fourteen monks pray and work together in a monastery on the outskirts of Cuernavaca, situated on the last ripple of the Ajusco mountains range, just an hour from sprawling Mexico City.
The liturgical life branches out from the daily Eucharist at 7 a.m., and the lively Sunday Eucharist at 11 a.m. This is complemented by the Divine Office, which we begin at 5:15 a.m. The hours of Vigils, Lauds, Terce, Sext, None, and Vespers punctuate the day until Compline at 8:00 p.m. The liturgy is made more lovely, the God-seeking more poignant, by the practice of lectio divina and oratio (personal prayer).
Saint Benedict, a man as spiritual as he was a realist, instructed his monks to work. “Idleness is the enemy of the soul”, he wrote in the Rule. The monastery guest and retreat house, the bookstore, beekeeping, the production of candles, incense, yoghurt, coffee, and granola nourish the monks’ souls with creative and productive labor. Monks also serve as spiritual directors, professors in the diocesan seminary, and retreat directors.
Although the monks live a quiet life of prayer and work, the monastery is never devoid of guests, retreatants and God-seekers of every ilk. Why not come for a visit? Come to enhance the flavor and sturdy the heart of your priestly, religious and Christian vocation. Come to learn Spanish. The monastery offers an oasis to the many persons who come seeking God in a simple and tranquil human climate.
Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles