The Parkland Worker

In 2000 we moved to this remote farm at the west end of the Swan River Valley in northwest Manitoba for the purpose of starting a retreat.  As Benedictine Oblates we provide hospitality for adults who seek to nurture their practise of Christian prayer in a simple setting of solitude free of charge.  As Catholic Workers we freely share our farm produce with those who have the least access to the best quality food, which is one aspect of our compassionately practising the Works of Mercy.

  • We are Benedictine Oblates at St. Peter’s Abbey located in Muenster, Saskatchewan.  We use the Rule of St. Benedict – the oldest and most widely-used  manual on Christian discipleship still in use in the world today – as a standard for our own spiritual discipline and corporate life.  In accord with the Rule of St. Benedict we spend each morning in reflective scripture reading and contemplative prayer.  We also follow the monastic hours of prayer throughout our day to the best of our ability.  Dorothy Day was a Benedictine Oblate.  We seek to better understand the pattern of her own life by following the teachings of the Rule of St. Benedict.
  • We farm in order to both support ourselves and to raise food for free distribution for other Catholic Worker Houses of Hospitality, as well as to select individuals and organizations who personally advocate on behalf of those who have less access to the necessities of life, and which are everyone’s rights by birth: free food, housing, medical care, education, and to be unconditionally loved.  We are motivated to do this through our own experience of the risen Christ and our personal commitment to follow the social teachings of the Gospel.
  • We currently offer three-season hospitality to Catholic Workers, the residents of CW houses, and individuals interested in solitude, contemplative prayer, and Lectio Divina, in a remote, pastoral setting at no cost.
  • We denounce war, violence, and social injustice in all its forms.  We work to support ourselves and live lives of simplicity and voluntary poverty, which allows us to be better able to give to those who have least access to even the basic necessities of life with integrity, understanding, and solidarity.  We supply produce free of charge as a denunciation of the violence inflicted by the corporatization and governmental control of food.

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