Benedictine Monastery of Pope Saint Gregory the Great California
Brother Joseph Murphy
founder of Saint Gregory Monastery
May the Peace of Christ be with you!
A new contemplative community of Roman Catholic Benedictine Monks is being formed within the
San Francisco Bay Area. The founder currently resides alone in a one-bedroom house in San Francisco while
seeking agricultural property in San Mateo County on which to establish this new monastic foundation.
Unmarried men between the ages of 25 and 35 who are practicing Catholics at peace with
the Church and are discerning a call to monastic life should first study the information provided on this website
before making contact. Elements of the vision for this new monastic foundation are as follows (in brief):
The traditional Benedictine choir habit is worn as well as a "work habit" (hooded smock)
Latin Gregorian Chant is sung at all liturgical exercises according to Vatican II
The Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office) is celebrated in common seven times each day:
Vigils (Night Office of Readings) before dawn, and the hours of Lauds, Terse, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline are
sung at appropriate times throughout the day.
The Holy Eucharist is celebrated each day according to the Roman Missal (Third Typical
Edition in English) with the Latin Gregorian Chants sung from the 1979 Graduale Romanum.
The life of worship, prayer, study, and manual labor take place within the Monastic Enclosure
as directed by the Rule of Saint Benedict.
Hospitality is extended to monastery guests in a suitable manner outside the Enclosure.
A balanced life in common that strives to foster fraternal charity maintains the
ancient monastic customs of scheduled periods of silence, daily lectio divina (spirtual reading), private prayer
and devotions, regular spiritual conferences, and community recreation, while encouraging the
development of personal talents, skills, and suitable recreational activities.
As stated above, anyone who wishes to further investigate a possible vocation to this new
community should first study the information provided on this website by visiting the pages linked to the labels on
the left before making contact.
Brother Joseph is seeking benefactors who are in a position to acquire land in rural San Mateo
County as the site for the new Saint Gregory Monastery. If you can help, please contact him at:
or (415) 988-7732.
You can also help in supporting Brother Joseph in his mission by contributing to his "Go Fund Me"