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Pray for Peace

In a world filled with violence and hate, may we be beacons of peace!  May each of our actions be of kindness, respect and care for the other.  Let us seek peace and pursue it!  Let there be peace on earth!

AIM USA

The Alliance for International Monasticism* (AIM USA) is an organization of approximately 115 Benedictine*/Cistercian* Monasteries* of men and women in the United States and Canada and over 400 communities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America who follow the Rule of Benedict*.

AIM USA promotes cooperation and solidarity among monasteries throughout the world. Monasteries in the United States and Canada respond to the needs of monasteries in developing countries by providing spiritual and financial assistance which facilitates the education and formation of their members. In turn, these monasteries become vibrant communities and centers of life for others.

Monasteries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America enrich their sisters and brothers in the United States and Canada with global vision, fresh insights into monastic life, cultural diversity, and gospel witness of service to the poor.

AIM USA believes that the interaction of the monastic family brings spiritual conversion and human enrichment to all followers of St. Benedict of Nursia*.

*Click here for definitions of these monastic terms:
Abbey
Benedictine
Cistercian (O.Cist)
Monastery
Monasticism
Oblate
St. Benedict of Nursia
Rule of Benedict
Trappist (O.C.S.O.)

  • Cleaning corn in Africa

    Cleaning corn in Africa

  • Processing cocoa in Pertapaan Indonesia

    Processing cocoa in Pertapaan Indonesia

  • Sorting almonds at Monasterio de la Ascuncion, Rengo, Chile

    Sorting almonds at Monasterio de la Ascuncion, Rengo, Chile

  • Brother Ephrem Bakery Kurisamala India

    Brother Ephrem Bakery Kurisamala India

  • Vera Lucia Choir Mosteiro Salvador Brasil

    Vera Lucia Choir Mosteiro Salvador Brasil

  • Grace and Compassion India

    Grace and Compassion India

  • Celebration in Peramiho, Tanzania, East Africa

    Celebration in Peramiho, Tanzania, East Africa

Meet a Monastery

The Abbey of Our Lady of Exile, Mount St. Benedict, Tunapuna, Trinidad & Tobago West Indies

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is a twin island state, just 7 miles off the coast of Eastern Venezuela.  These two islands are the most southerly of the Caribbean Archipelago and feel the constant lapping of the waters of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

The Abbey of Our Lady of Exile is snugly nestled in the hills of the lush flora and fauna of Trinidad’s northern range six hundred and sixty feet above sea level.  After the conquest of the Spaniards by Christopher Columbus in 1498 and the decimation of a large portion of the Indigenous peoples, the re-population of the islands drew from a wide spectrum: African slaves, East Indian indentured labourers, French land-owners, English aristocrats, Spanish conquistadors, Chinese labourers, Portuguese, Syrians, Jews, etc. With this potpourri, came an attendant array of customs, rhythms and belief systems, all intermingling with each other and drawing as well from the vestiges of the Indigenes.  Although the British assumed political control in 1797, French was spoken in several quarters and Roman Catholicism held its own.  Today English is the lingua franca.  Hinduism, Islam, Protestantism, Pentecostalism, the Orisha Faith, the Spiritual Baptists and Roman Catholicism all co-exist, at times with a bit of syncretism, side by side with each other. 

A Prayer of AIM for Monastic Life

O loving God,
We ask your blessing,
on all monastic men and women,
especially those who live and work
in the most destitute parts of the world.

Help us to become people of prayer and peace.
May we be visible signs that strangers
can live together in God's love.
Give us hearts wide enough to welcome
the traveler, the outcast, the neighbor.

Enable us to listen to and learn from
the people we serve, especially the poorest.
May out communities be models of wise stewardship,
of dignified human labor, of sacred leisure,
and of reverence for all living things.

Above all, O God, may a monastic presence
in the world be a constant witness of justice,
compassion and hope to all. Amen.

by Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB

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