Alternative Spring Break: Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey

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by Paul S on February 9, 2013

Introíbo ad altáre Dei.  Ad Deum, qui lætíficat juventútem meam.  I will go in to the altar of God.  To God, who giveth joy to my youth.  Psalm 42:4 (Vulgate numbering)

In the ‘spring’ of the year, at the time when kings would go out to war, it is appropriate that juvenes – when there is a break from studies – should go out vigorously, in service of God and man.

To that end, Juventutem Michigan has teamed up with Generation Christ – a young adult Eucharistic Adoration group based at St. Thomas the Apostle, Ann Arbor – to carry out a first corporate expedition to Clear Creek Abbey, Oklahoma – Our Lady’s buckle on the Bible Belt.  One team leader and up to six male students will make the trip.

Departing Ann Arbor at noon on Friday, March 1, 2013, they aim to arrive by the next morning, March 2, and to begin their service by participating in the annual Abbey Work Day – everyone may register at: – during which hundreds of lay men and women lend a hand to help the monks maintain the property and build for the future.  When the other volunteers return to their ordinary duties of life, the Michigan men will remain and will, to the extent permitted by the Benedictine way of life, join in the brothers’ life of work and prayer.

The ASB application should be completed at this Google form.

Further important details and the Trip Agreement which must be completed and signed can be found in this pdf.

Those who can are encouraged to visit this page, and donate to us via PayPal.

The following pictures are taken from the extended photo gallery that is linked-to from the Abbey’s website.  The photo captions are prepared by someone who has, at the time of writing, never been to Clear Creek and who hopes to guess correctly and to inform and entertain.  If you have any gentle suggestions as to amendment, please nicely write them in the comment box at the very bottom of this page.










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