Brother Emmanuel Wasinger (1927-2017)
Our beloved Brother Emmanuel died on Monday March 6, 2017. He was a resident monk at New Camaldoli Hermitage and had taken care of the generator and heavy equipment for many years. Brother Emmanuel was very devoted to the Holy Eucharist and spent long hours in prayer , especially praying the rosary with devotion to Mary the mother of Jesus. Kind and compassionate, and wonderful joyful spirit amidst very hard physical work, Emmanuel was powerful witness to work , prayer and the appreciation of the natural world in the Big Sur.
The Wake for Brother Emmanuel will take place at:
Mission Mortuary, 450 El Camino Estero, Monterey, CA.
Friday March 10th
Viewing is from 4:00PM till 8:00PM.
Rosary at 6:45PM
Wake service at 7:00PM.
Please make any donations out to New Camaldoli Hermitage.
Father Ray’s Obituary
Father Raymond Roh, OSB.Cam, hailed from the Cornhusker state of Nebraska. He was born to Joseph and Mary (Shimerka) Roh in the town of Abie on October 9, 1932, the youngest of 11 siblings. He enrolled in high school seminary for the Diocese of Lincoln in 10th grade, and later studied at a local seminary in Arkansas. Following seminary studies he was ordained a priest May 16, 1959, and for several years engaged in parish ministry. He pursued two masters’ programs, one in Religious Education from Creighton in his home state of Nebraska, and a second in School Administration from Catholic University in Washington, DC. Armed with these credentials he was soon assigned to the position of Superintendent of Schools in the Lincoln Diocese, a position that he held for several years.
But his restless spirit brought him to make several retreats at the Pecos Benedictine Abbey in New Mexico, and after a period of discernment, he entered the novitiate and became a Benedictine monk, making monastic profession in 1980. At the time of Fr Ray’s move to the abbey, Abbot David was beginning the School for Spiritual Direction and needed an administrator, and so Fr Ray fell into that position which he held for several years. The monastery also ran a retreat center which focused on retreats for those involved in the charismatic renewal. Prayer for healing, both from illness and inner healing, was a feature of these retreats, and Fr Ray became very adept at this prayer. Soon he was in demand to offer parish missions with a similar focus and his ministry took him all over the United States as well as abroad.
In 1987 the Pecos Abbey was asked to make a foundation in the Diocese of Monterey, and Fr Ray was missioned to begin this venture. In 1992 three more monks arrived and by 1999 the monastery became an independent priory. Fr Ray served as business manager, and continued to offer healing prayer and parish missions far and wide. He led a charismatic prayer group for years every Wednesday evening which always concluded with prayer for healing. For many years he served as Chaplain at Chapel Hill outside of Paso Robles. Fr Ray was also the director of oblates, and besides a local SLO chapter, he had groups in Stockton, Vacaville, Pacific Grove, Redondo Beach, Bakersfield and Hanford. For many years he served as spiritual director for diocesan priests in the Bakersfield area.
Late in 2012, he received word that the monastery would be closed the following year because of reduced numbers. He negotiated an agreement with the Camaldolese Benedictine Congregation to keep the monastery open under their auspices. After a three-year trial period, Fr Ray and the monastery were received into the Camaldolese Congregation at a ritual held at the hermitage in Big Sur on January 6, 2017. In the meantime he had received word from his doctors that his time was limited. In late January he began hospice at Aunt Carol’s Place in Pismo Beach. On February 7 he received Holy Viaticum, and died peacefully on the morning of February 8. Well done, good and faithful servant! Besides his monastic community he is survived by several nieces and nephews who reside both in Nebraska and California. A Vigil Service will be held at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 14, followed by Mass of the Resurrection on the 15th at 2:00 pm, both at Nativity of Our Lady Church in San Luis Obispo.
Father Ray Roh Passes
Our dear confriar Father Ray Roh died Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00AM after a long illness. He was 84 years of age and was just received into the Camaldolese Congregation. Father Ray was the monk who was sent from Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey in New Mexico by Abbot David 29 years ago to find a property suitable for a monastic foundation here on the central coast of California. He was Oblate chaplain for many years and also worked with the School of Spiritual Direction. Many shall miss is joyful presence. Please make any donation you may desire to the Monastery Of The Risen Christ that we may continue to sustain the monastic presence here.
In Christ’s peace,
Fr. Daniel Manger
Brother David Myers from the Hermitage is now in Residence
We welcome Brother David who is helping out on the grounds and other monastic duties.
Donations Needed for Meditation Garden
We need donations for plants for various landscape areas for the front of the chapel, where a small meditation garden will be created on the south west side of the retreat area, also plants for the front area of the chapel and trees to be placed along the driveway are desirable. Protea, Bottlebrush, Oleanders or similar shrubs would be a great.
You can donate actual plants or money to the Monastery!
Holiday Cakes on Sale!
Fruitcake & Datenut cakes
These are of very high quality a very tasty for parties, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner. The cakes are aged in Brandy for months in the traditional recipe of the monks.
Call 805-544-1810 or come visit for your holiday cakes!
For On-Line Ordering hermitagebigsur.com
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Click to Read: Oblate OSB Cam Newsletter June 2016
Read our March 2016 Newsletter from the Benedictine Camaldolese Oblates of Australia and New Zealand
Click to Read: Oblate OSB Cam Newsletter March 2016
Read our June 2015 Newsletter from the Benedictine Camaldolese Oblates of Australia and New Zealand
Click to Read: OSB Cam Oblate Newsletter June 2015
New Events Happening at The Monastery of the Risen Christ:
Take a look at our new Reading List for Oblates and others:
Remembrance of the memory of God Epiphany 2015
New Advent Program
New Cake and Granola prices
Monastery ʻWish Listʼ
General Thank You Message from the Monks
CATHOLICS CONFRONT OUR CLIMATE CRISIS:
Can St. Francis inspire care for creation today?
By: Brother Keith Warner, Franciscan
Day of Reflection on Thomas Merton at the Monastery of the Risen Christ
Poor Clares to celebrate 800th year of founding with Mass, novena, reception
Monastery Prayer Group
New walking meditation trails established
News Update 6-14-14
Garden volunteers are needed to help maintain the grounds here at the monastery
San Francisco Chronicle features New Camaldoli Hermitage monks’ fruitcake and Holy Granola
- Please click here to read the article featured on November 30, 2012.
Scott London Interviews Pico Iyer
See our new Photo Gallery page that has been updated with Chapel and Bookstore pictures