Benedictine Monks

Assumption Abbey

Feast Day Homilies

Benedictine monks celebrate the great variety of feasts in the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar.  The homilies given here were given by Abbot Brian Wangler, OSB, at Assumption Abbey, Richardton, ND. Not all feasts are necessarily represented.  Current homilies can be found at our web site:

Monks seek God.  The monastic way of life is a tradition in the Catholic Church of long standing.  It has proven to be a way of life that truly leads a person to open oneself to God and be changed by God.  The self-emptying of Christ is sought in monastic life so that the monk might rise to a life that is truly with and in Christ.

For centuries monks have borne witness to Christ by their way of life.  In addition monks have served the Church in many capacities, including missionaries, pastors, chaplains, teachers, etc.  Monks also have a strong history of doing manual labor, from farming to maintenance work to gardening, etc.  Monks are artists and scholars.

Please consider being a Benedictine priest or brother. Contact us at: or write us at Assumption Abbey, PO Box A, Richardton, ND 58652 or call us at 701-974-3315.

As part of the ceremony for Solemn Vows, the monk making vows prostrates while the Litany of the Saints in prayed by all.  Solemn Vows are made after four and a half years of preparation.