Brigittine Priory of Our Lady of Consolation
The Order of the Most Holy Savior (the "Brigittines") was founded in 1370 by St. Bridget of Sweden, upon a direct revelation from Heaven, as an order of cloistered, contemplative monks and nuns, who follow the Rule of St. Augustine. With the vicissitudes of European history, the last Brigittine monk died in 1863. In 1976, the late Brother Benedict Kirby established a community of Brigittine monks which follows the charisms of Saint Bridget, and is now located in Oregon. Following the original pattern of monasticism, the monks do not ordinarily receive Holy Orders. The Priory has a special devotion toward the Sacred Liturgy, the Passion of Christ, the Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the papacy, and praying for the souls in Purgatory and for the unity of Christians. The entire Liturgy of the Hours is sung. In 1970, Pope Paul VI canonized Richard Reynolds (a proto-martyr under Henry VIII in 1533), the only Brigittine monk so honored. The monks support themselves by making Gourmet Confections.
Professed Members: 8
Year Founded: 1976
Archdiocese: Portland, OR
Qualifications: Qualifications include the desire to abandon oneself to Christ in a life of prayer and reparation, good health, intelligence and maturity, an understanding of the Faith, and the requirements of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Formation: Formation consists of an initial two-week visit, a further observership of thirty days, a postulancy of six months, and a novitiate of two years. Temporary vows are then pronounced for three years, and then perpetual vows are professed.
Age range/limit: 18-40
Belated vocations? Yes: Late vocations are considered on a case by case basis. Ordinarily candidates over the age of 45 are not accepted.