Brother Joseph Murphy
founder of Saint Gregory Monastery
May the Peace of Christ be with you!

This website represents the vision for a new contemplative (primitive observance) Benedictine community of monks to be established in the San Francisco Bay Area. The founder currently resides alone in a one-bedroom house in San Francisco and is seeking agricultural property in the counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, or Santa Cruz for this new monastic foundation. Sixty acres in San Gregorio (San Mateo County) is currently on the real state market at the price of $835,000. This would be an ideal location for this monastery which would share the name of the same patron saint in the local town: Saint Gregory/San Gregorio! One or more generous benefactor(s) is/are needed to purchase this property soon and assist in the construction costs. If anyone visiting this website is in a position to make this vision a reality or is acquainted with someone who is, please do not hesitate to contact Brother Joseph Murphy at
or (415) 988-7732.

Pope Francis is inspiring many young people to take up the cross an follow Jesus. No doubt that among these young vocations are men called to a contemplative monastic life in the Benedictine tradition. We need a monastery on the central west coast to house these new monks. So much of the planet is used for human commerce and recreation. It is so little to set aside a small portion of land devoted to the worship and glory of God, and there can never be too many houses of prayer! Please help and spread the word about this very important mission. Anything you can do will help, and God will richly reward you for your efforts.

For further information about this new foundation, please visit the pages posted on this site by clicking on the labels to the left.

August 23, 2014