Immaculate Conception 2021

2021-12-18T16:16:31-06:00December 8th, 2021|News|

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
My Very Dear Sons,

Listen to how Holy Mother Church speaks about the Blessed Virgin Mary in her Immaculate Conception. “Thou art all fair, Mary, and the original stain is not in thee” (1st antiphon of Lauds). “Thy garments are white as snow, and thy face is as the sun” (2nd antiphon). This is the language of a nobler love, the expression of an admiration that stretches beyond the common human measure. We find here a model for our own prayers to Mary.

“Thou art all fair.” Not just fair, but entirely so. This is not of earth, but of the perfection of Heaven. This is not the passing beauty that today is and tomorrow already begins to wither. Sin is the hidden principle of all that is ugly, for it introduces death into the world. The Blessed Virgin passed through death in order to be more like her Son, […]

The Chapter House

2021-10-13T15:28:35-05:00October 13th, 2021|News|

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey,

As with most houses, the monastic house has its common areas and its special places. There are rooms where a spider’s web will hardly last a day before being unceremoniously swept into oblivion; there are others where, well, the standard of cleanliness is somewhat lacking at times (from which the spider knows how to benefit). The most important places in a monastery are called “regular places”, loci regulares in Latin. In these places there must be a more profound silence and greater respect all round. The church is, of course, the first of these regular places, but there is another which the monks frequent assiduously, which is to say the Chapter Room, or Chapter House. All the great cathedrals and monasteries of Europe had their Chapter House. That of Canterbury Cathedral in England (pictured at the right) is one […]

Clear Creek Abbey hosts Three Hearts Pilgrimage

2021-09-30T11:49:46-05:00September 30th, 2021|News|

Clear Creek Abbey will again host the final Mass of the Three Hearts Pilgrimage, October 21st-23rd, 2021: A sacrificial walk of reparation which culminates at the High Mass at Clear Creek Abbey.  Father Abbot described last year’s pilgrimage thusly:

Some six hundred pilgrims entered our church at the end of a thirty-five-mile walk described as “half as long as Chartres, but twice as hard,” meaning it included some steep hills between the first campsite near the Illinois river and our abbey. This was the first Three Hearts Pilgrimage, dedicated to a work of reparation under the patronage of Our Lady Help of Christians and the Three Hearts, that is to say the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Most Chaste Heart of Joseph.

You can register (before October 3rd) on their website,


Clear Creek Abbey hosts Empress Zita Symposium

2021-04-01T15:35:02-05:00April 1st, 2021|News|

Servant of God Empress Zita Holy Mass & Symposium at 10am on May 8, 2021

Holy Mass in honor of Servant of God Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, followed by a Presentation, Luncheon, and an Interview with HIRH Princess Maria-Anna Habsburg Galitzine, granddaughter of Empress Zita.  Reserve a seat at their website

Newly Translated Biography on Dom Gueranger is now available

2020-11-28T11:20:49-06:00November 28th, 2020|News|

Loreto Press recently published a biography on the founder of the Congregation of Solesmes, to which Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey belongs: Dom Gueranger: A monk at the Heart of the Church 1805-1875 was written by Dom Guy Marie Oury, a monk of the same Congregation, and it was translated by Hope Heaney with the help of our monks.  It can be purchased in our monastic gift store.

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