One of the confusing and sometimes embarrassing aspects of our Order is our lack of “location”. We have no mother house. As religious we do not reside in this or that place. We are an order in dispersal. We seem to be monastic orphans. Contrary to the expectations of our culture, we have no cloister, cells or the usual trappings of Hollywood movie monks and we do not meet the expectations of those who are familiar with cloistered communities as the image of monastic life.
I confess that there are times when explaining that I am the abbot of the Order of Saint Luke I see people’s visage change to quizzical and I can tell that they are wondering where is your monastic habit and where is the community of which you are abbot. You too may experience such spoken or unspoken questions. Continue reading