by Fr. Francis Bethel, O.S.B., a monk of Clear Creek Abbey
Hardcover, 452 pages, 9 x 6
Dr. John Senior was a professor at the University of Kansas who had an immense personal influence on the author and other monks at the Abbey. This book is an intellectual biography that follows Dr. Senior’s life, especially his conversion, and draws out his philosophy of education. It especially studies the famous Integrated Humanities Program established by Senior and his colleagues, Dennis Quinn and Frank Nelick. Dr. Alice von Hildebrand wrote about this book: “We must be grateful to Father Francis Bethel for writing a life of this noble Don Quixote whose love of beauty led him to the One Who Is Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.” And Most Reverend James Conley, bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska wrote that this book: “unlocks the mystery of the man who was John Senior … I highly recommend this book not only as an introduction to John Senior’s thought, but also as an important message, especially in our times, about education and culture.”
Building Something Beautiful For God –
To Last A Thousand Years
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey is a Benedictine community belonging to the Solesmes Congregation and, like other monasteries of the Solesmes Congregation, is to be counted among the institutes entirely ordered towards contemplation. It was founded in 1999 from the Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault in France and is located in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clear Creek became an abbey in 2010 and counts 55 monks, who devote themselves to God alone in the hidden life, in silence and solitude, in constant prayer and willing penance.
After twenty years of existence, we are happy, by the grace of God, to have completed two large buildings and a sizable portion of our abbatial church. We completed the “Chapter House” in 2023 to accommodate the growing number of monks and provide a Sacristy, Infirmary, classrooms and the Chapter itself. Please help us continue this arduous, but important work for the glory of God.
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey
5804 W Monastery Road
Hulbert, OK 74441-5698
Phone (918) 772-2454