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 in need of agricultural property in the counties of San Mateo or Santa Cruz for this new monastic foundation. Anyone who owns suitable land in these areas or is in a position to acquire such property for this purpose, please contact Brother Joseph at (for other contact information, please visit the "Contact" page by clicking on the correct label on the left).

In May, a fundraising program was initiated with "" to raise $250,000 as a down-payment on land in Boulder Creek. That property is still available, but the down-payment is now at $500,000. If you want to donate toward the acquisition of this property, or for other property-related expenses, please visit the GoFundMe website as linked below.

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 9, 2014