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Paraclete Press (MA)

Monastery Mornings: My Unusual Boyhood Among the Saints and Monks

Monastery Mornings: My Unusual Boyhood Among the Saints and Monks

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A love letter to a community of Trappist monks who provided family when it was needed the most.

This warmhearted memoir describes how a small, insecure boy with a vibrant imagination found an unlikely family in the company of monks at Holy Trinity Abbey, in the mountains of rural Latter-day Saint Utah. Struggling with his parents' recent divorce, Michael O'Brien discovered a community filled with warmth, humor, idiosyncrasies, and most of all, listening ears. Filled with anecdotes and delightful "behind the scenes" descriptions of his experiences living alongside the monks as they farmed, prayed, buried their dead, ate, and shared the joys of life, Monastery Mornings speaks to the value of spiritual fatherhood, the lasting impact of positive mentoring, and the stability that the spiritual life can offer to people of all ages and walks of life.

Author: Michael Patrick O'Brien
Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA)
Published: 08/17/2021
Pages: 192
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.50lbs
Size: 8.43h x 5.51w x 0.63d
ISBN: 9781640606494

About the Author
Michael Patrick O'Brien is a Catholic writer and lawyer living in Salt Lake City. He is married to Vicki, a preschool teacher, and they have three adult children. Learn more about him at

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