Brother Joseph Murphy
founder of Saint Gregory Monastery

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Brother Joseph Murphy is a solitary monk in vows to the Archbishop of San Francisco. He believes God is calling him to establish a contemplative community of monks within rural Santa Cruz or San Mateo Counties.

Although full information regarding the vision for this new monastic community is posted on this website, a brief description is provided here:

  • The traditional Benedictine choir habit is the normal attire and a simple "work habit" (hooded smock) is worn when appropriate. We rarely wear secular clothes.

  • Latin Gregorian Chant is sung at all liturgical functions according to Vatican II norms.

  • The Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office) is celebrated in common seven times each day: Vigils (Night Office of Readings) takes place 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. We do not engage pastoral work, and do not leave the monastery grounds unless demanded by necessity or business.

  • Hospitality is extended to monastery guests in a suitable manner outside the Enclosure.

  • A balanced life in common strives to foster fraternal charity within the context of traditional monastic customs: scheduled periods of silence, daily lectio divina (spirtual reading), private prayer, spiritual conferences, work, and recreation.

For more information, please visit the different pages on this site accessible by the labels at the left

Is God calling you to be a monk? 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 are invited to study the information provided on this website before making contact.

Is God calling you to build His house? Financial support is needed to purchase land, construct buildings, and support the growing community. If you are in a position to make this possible, please contact:
or (415) 988-7732.

Help Brother Joseph set up a "jams & jellies" business for the support of his community:

February 3, 2015

Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life

O God, throughout the ages you have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks for these courageous witnesses of Faith and models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to you. Continue to enrich your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, having found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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