In the Roman Calendar, the 12th January is a day associated with St. Benet Biscop, a seventh century saint from Northumbria. So it seems very appropriate that on this date in the year of Our Lord 2019, another ‘northern lad’ should be ordained to the priesthood. Archbishop George Stack travelled to Belmont Abbey in Herefordshire to ordain Br. Alistair Findlay in a beautiful Mass of Ordination at the Abbey Church.
Br. Alistair joined the Benedictine Community later in life, having spent life as a teacher in the North of England for many years. He made Solemn Profession with the community in 2017 whilst studying in Rome at the Benedictine College of Sant’ Anselmo.
During the homily the Archbishop referred to St. Benet Biscop as being “a model of monastic life and missionary engagement which will be an inspiration to Dom Alistair as he fulfils the twofold role of the contemplative life and the important vow of the pastoral mission so close to the heart of the English Benedictine Congregation.”
We wish every joy and blessing to Fr. Alistair in his future work within the English Benedictine Congregation and the wider pastoral territory in which he will minister. Ad multos annos.