Two new novices

Wonderful news to share… Please welcome two new novices to the Abbey: Br. Kolbe and Br. Nathaniel!

During First Vespers for the Solemnity of St. Bernard our two postulants received their new names and monastic “habits” (the clothing they wear as monks).

The ceremony is an “in house” one, but we invited some special guests: the two Hungarian exchange students from our Cistercian schools in Hungary and some of their hosts in our senior class at the prep school.

May God bless these new brothers in their discernment. May they always follow his will and remain united to Jesus. And may we in the Abbey support them as God desires, and grow in our own vocations, so that, preferring nothing whatsoever to Christ, he may bring us all to everlasting life.

Restoration of St. Bernard Statue

We are very grateful to Michael van Enter and his team from van Enter Studio for doing such a wonderful job restoring our statue of St. Bernard, which was originally created by a monk over fifty years ago. Thank you! It is a beautiful piece of artwork, and visitors can once again see the saint holding the Cross in adoration.

Nuns from Boulaur

Nuns from Boulaur

Mère Emmanuelle and Souer Diane, from the Cistercian Abbey Our Lady of Boulaur in France, enjoy the Texas hospitality. The nuns visited Our Lady of Dallas for a week to develop the relationship between the two monasteries and to speak at the Abbot’s Circle Dinner on April 26, 2023. During their stay they toured Fort Worth and Dallas, and shared much about the history of their monastery, its renewal and exciting life today, as well as about one of their saintly inspirations, Servant of God Claire de Castelbajac.

Ordination and First Mass of Fr Christopher

Ordination and First Mass of Fr Christopher

This weekend we were blessed to celebrate the ordination and first mass of our very own Fr. Christopher Kalan, the “handy monk” of the monastery. Many thanks to Bishop Burns for his presence and homily (and for giving us Fr. Christopher’s new nickname – “spiritual gunslinger”).

Enjoy the photos, especially the one with Fr. Christopher’s mother. There is a beautiful tradition in which the newly ordained priest gives his mother the purificator used to wipe his hands after they’ve been consecrated during the rite with oil. When she passes away, she is buried with the purificator in her hands, testifying to her role in bringing into this world someone to share in the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray for vocations to our monastery and to the Church everywhere.

Ordination of Br. Christopher and First Mass

Ordination of Br. Christopher and First Mass

With thanksgiving to Almighty God, The Most Rev. Edward J. Burns Bishop of Dallas will ordain to the priesthood Br. Christopher Kalan, O.Cist. during the celebration of the Holy Mass in the Abbey Church

Saturday, February 11, 2023

10:30 a.m.

With joy to Almighty God, the Monks of Our Lady of Dallas cordially invite you to attend the first Mass of Fr. Christopher Kalan, O.Cist., in the Abbey Church

Sunday, February 12, 2023

9:00 a.m.

Receptions to follow both Masses in the Abbey Courtyard.

On February 10th (8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.), there will be Eucharistic Adoration in the Abbey Church in thanksgiving for Fr. Christopher’s vocation and for future vocations to the abbey. All are invited to come.

Texas Society of Architects Award

Texas Society of Architects Award

Architect Gary Cunningham received the prestigious Texas Architect 25 Year Honor Award for the Abbey Church. The article is available here.

Photo by Jim Reisch

Art Exhibit at Cistercian

Art Exhibit at Cistercian

You are cordially invited to an exhibit of the art work of Fr. Ignatius, Fr. Raphael, and Fr. Lawrence which will take place on:

Friday, December 2,  2:30 – 4:30 pm
Saturday, December 3, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 4, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sunday, December 4, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Cistercian (guest house)
3500 Cistercian Road
Irving, Texas

Images of the artwork of Fr. Ignatius:

Br. Barnabas Makes First Vows

Br. Barnabas Makes First Vows

On Sunday, August 28, 2022, Br. Barnabas Robertson made his first temporary profession, committing himself to discerning his vocation within the monastery for the next three years. In the first picture, you can see him signing his vows on the altar.

Br. Barnabas was born in Texas, but he comes from a devout missionary family, and thus spent many years growing up outside of the country, including in Azerbaijan. He went to Wheaton College as an undergraduate, and then to Texas A&M for graduate studies in physics. He is one of five Aggies in the monastery. This year he will begin studying philosophy and theology at the University of Dallas, and teach Latin to Form I at Cistercian Preparatory School.

Please pray for Br. Barnabas! May God bless Cistercian with more monastic vocations, and may the monks strive always to search for God and to serve his people well!

Br. Matthew and Br. Christopher Ordained

Br. Matthew and Br. Christopher Ordained

Br. Matthew Hegemann and Br. Christopher Kalan were ordained to the priesthood and diaconate, respectively, on Saturday, August 13, 2022. The following day, Fr. Matthew celebrated his first mass, with Br. Christopher serving as deacon and Fr. Thomas preaching the homily. It was a joy for the monks to welcome the Hegemann and Kalan families into the monastery this weekend, and to celebrate with these milestones in the lives of their sons! Please pray for both young men, that they might draw ever closer to Christ the Good Shepherd and faithfully serve his people.

Enjoy the pictures!

  1. In the first picture, Fr. Matthew elevates the Eucharist at his first mass. Conformed to Christ the High Priest, he is now able to bring us into sacramental contact with Jesus offering his body “for you” (Luke 22:19).
  2. Abbot Peter and Bishop Burns flank the newly ordained Fr. Matthew and Br. Christopher. May God send many more vocations to Cistercian and to the Diocese of Dallas!
  3. At every ordination, the candidates lie prostrate as the Church asks for the intercession of all the angels and saints, so that these “chosen men” might fulfill the mission with which they have been entrusted.
  4. The rite of ordination involves “the laying on of hands” – that is, the ordaining bishop places his hands on the head of the one being ordained. This gesture has been repeated since apostolic times (cf. 2 Timothy 1:6). All validly ordained priests stand in this real and historical connection to Jesus through the Apostles. In this photo, Bishop Burns lays his hands on Br. Matthew to ordain him.
  5. The rite also involves the clothing of the newly ordained in the vestments of his ministry. Here Br. Christopher receives a strong embrace from Bishop Burns after he had been clothed with the dalmatic of a deacon.
  6. The rite also involves a moment where the vessels proper to the ministry are given to the newly ordained. In this photo, Fr. Matthew receives the paten on which the Eucharist is to be consecrated. As the Bishop entrusts him with the vessels, he charges the new priest with the following words: “Receive the oblation of the holy people, to be offered to God. Understand what you do, imitate what you celebrate, and conform your life to the mystery of the Lord’s cross.”