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Vocation stories

Br. Kevin Coffey, OSB


“Kevin, I think you may have a vocation to be a monk.” These words were spoken to me about thirteen years ago over lunch one afternoon with a monk from St. Procopius Abbey. He was studying in St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA, and I had recently relocated to the Pittsburgh area from Southern Maryland for a job assisting a local art studio that wrote icons. (click to keep reading)  


Fr. James Flint, OSB


Attending a public high school had, for me, the positive effect of forcing me to think through why I was a Catholic. Most of my classmates, most of my teachers, were not, and more than a few regarded the Church as an unhealthy remnant of the Middle Ages. My reading of Catholic history and literature was wide-ranging, if a bit eclectic and idiosyncratic, and I finished high school with a firm determination to remain Catholic, though with little idea how this might be related to what I would do with my life. (click here to continue reading) 

Abbot Austin Murphy, OSB


My life in the monastery began in July of 1996, soon after I graduated from college. Having grown up in the suburbs of New York City, I came to Chicago for college and during my senior year I learned of this monastery called St. Procopius Abbey located in the western suburbs of Chicago. (click here to continue reading)