On my first visit to a Benedictine monastery, many years before becoming a monk myself, I recall absolutely overjoyed with the Divine Office.
Until that visit, I had no idea that such a thing existed.
It was to me of immense significance. Religious men and women, monks and nuns, could give themselves to praying the Psalms in the Divine Office and the Work of God, seven times a day, as their primary mission in life. And from this prime work, all else flowed.
St. Benedict says in his Rule: “Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God.”
This miracle of grace continues to be the center of my joy in the monastic life.
Dom Gregory teaches Sacred Art and regularly offers talks to the School community on a broad range of
topics related to art and spirituality. In addition, he travels with the Humanities Rome Program each summer as an advisor and teacher. He also serves as novice director for the Portsmouth Abbey monastery and is the School Chaplain.