Of Bells and Cells, by M. Cristina Borges, illustrated by Michaela Harrison, 44 pages, 8 ½x11 in., paperback.
Monks, nuns, friars, sisters . . . who are they? How do they live? Why have they followed that way of life? Of Bells and Cells explains to the young reader what religious life is all about. Starting with discerning the first call, the book describes the trajectory of the young vocation from entrance into a religious community to the fullness of the professed religious life, covering both the spiritual and practical aspects of formation, delving into the vows, and finally examining the significance of the active and contemplative facets of religious life. The priesthood is also explained, and an extensive appendix gives a synopsis of the history and charism of a selection of religious orders. Beautiful illustrations richly complement the meaning of this clear and systematic text aimed at young readers, which the whole family will enjoy and learn from.
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