Clear Creek Abbey
A completed section of the monastic compound.
|Other names||Clear Creek Abbey|
|Mother house||Abbey of Our Lady of the Assumption|
|Dedicated to||Our Lady of the Annunciation|
|Founder(s)||Dom Philip Anderson|
|Abbot||Dom Philip Anderson|
Our Lady of the Annunciation of Clear Creek Abbey or Clear Creek Abbey is a Benedictine Abbey in the Ozark Mountains near Hulbert in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Tulsa.
The monastery traces its roots to the Abbey of Fontgombault in France. 31 American Catholic men, seeking to live the full Benedictine life, went to Abbey of Our Lady of the Assumption at Fontgombault, France, which is a monastery of the Solesmes Congregation. In 1999, seven of these men, now monks from Fontgombault, along with six other monks from Canada and France, established a community near Hulbert, Oklahoma at the invitation of Bishop Edward James Slattery. Clear Creek is the second monastery of the Solesmes Congregation established in the United States; the first is a house of nuns at Westfield, Vermont. The monastery is being built in phases, and until the church was finished, services were held in the crypt.
In February 2010, Clear Creek Abbey gained abbatial status. It uses the 1962 Roman Missal. The choir is well known for its Gregorian chant. Its first abbot, as of 2010, is Dom Philip Anderson, who had been the prior since the monastery's founding. He has said, "We just follow the old monastic life. We pray, worship and do manual labor and give counseling to people... There's a whole culture war going on and a series of disappointments with the Catholic Church in America. People look to this monastery as a new beginning, as a new element that has a solid backing in a long tradition of monastic life."
The monastery is also actively fundraising, having raised $4 million (as of 2003) of a target of $32 million. After a large gift was received in 2009, construction on the church moved forward in 2011. The west façade, the nave, and the transept were raised to half their intended height. A roof was put over this new structure, allowing it to be used already as a church. In 2013 the schematic architectural plans for the remaining buildings were completed. A contract for the construction of the church’s eastern portion, or chevet, was signed on March 10, 2016.
- Hinton, Carla. "Oklahoma monks' Spartan life is Christian 'witness to the world,'" The Oklahoman, March 31, 2013. Accessed May 8, 2015.
- "D.C. Catholics join effort for Oklahoma monastery," Washington Times, October 31, 2003. Accessed May 8, 2015.
- Clear Creek Monastery official website
- Official website of the Abbey of Randol, another offshoot of Fontgombault
- Thomas Gordon Smith Architects: building the monastery
- 2003 Washington Times Article on the monastery
- Article about the founding of the monastery
- Another article about the monastery's beginnings
- Article about the Kansas professors whose students founded the monastery
- Article about their educational approach.
- Tulsa World article on Brother Joseph-Marie Owen raising sheep
- Column about the monastery by a Nebraskan bishop
- Interview with Rev. Fr. Abbot Philip Anderson: We Must All Build Bridges