Request for a novena of prayer for the healing of a monk

I received this from a reader:

I write at the request of Father Prior of Clear Creek Monastery in the Diocese of Tulsa.

Father Francois de Feydeau, the subprior of Clear Creek, bravely continues his fight for his life on earth, while being as ready as one can to make the "long walk" (as he calls it, referring to a book recently read in the refectory at Clear Creek) to the other side of things, if that be God’s will.  The monks are going to pray a novena to Dom Gueranger, founder of the Benedictine congregation to which Clear Creek belongs, beginning TODAY, the 30th (I apologise for this tardy notice – for 24 hours I could not get access to my email account).  This novena leads up to the feast of Our Lady of Providence, on July 9th, linked to the history of the restoration of Solesmes by Dom Gueranger in 1837.

Father Prior wrote to me, "You may do what you like as far as sharing it.  Maybe we have already tired our friends with the last one.
Whatever you think appropriate."

To borrow a phrase from an old friend, what I think appropriate is that we all of us should pray our guts our for Father Subprior.

Please circulate this novena among your parishioners & friends.

June 30-July 8, 2009

Almighty and eternal God,

Humbly and with confidence, we implore from Thy goodness the cure of our brother, who is gravely ill.  Deign to bestow this miracle upon him, through the intercession of Thy servant, Dom Prosper Gueranger, for Thine own glory, for the advancement of his cause of beatification, for the sanctification of our monasteries, and for the good of the entire Church.

Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Saint John Marie Vianney, pray for us.

Our Blessed Father, Saint Benedict, pray for us.

Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.

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  1. Flambeaux says:

    Thank you for posting this, Father.

  2. Gloria says:

    My rosary today will be for Father Francois.

  3. Okie says:

    Although the reports circulating through Tulsa Diocese are that even in his dire condition, Fr. de Feydeau wryly says that it would be an “honor” to be the first monk buried on Clear Creek grounds (additionally, it is reported that he is a man at peace with God’s will), it surely is the case that the monks would dearly miss him: he does very many things for Clear Creek, being a very experienced monk who very knowledgeable of the endless ins and outs the life of monks demands. The Benedictines are humble and practical men…they will figure out how to get along if God calls his servant home. However, I know they would love nothing more to have his gifts and directions around a little longer, and no greater man than Dom Prosper Gueranger deserves this chance to shine. May his prayers move God to grant this miracle, for the sake of Clear Creek, and for the glory of the CHurch around the world that Gueranger be lifted to the altars….

  4. Has Dom Gueranger’s cause been opened?

  5. Mila says:

    Starting now, I’m joining this novena for Fr. de Feydeau. May God hear our prayers, and may His holy will be done.

  6. ThomasB says:

    Thank you, Fr. Z, for posting this.

    It is an honor to be asked to pray this Novena for such a great priest and father.

  7. Megan says:

    I’m also joining the novena.

  8. q7swallows says:

    As (hopefully) future neighbors of the monastery—-soon, please God!-—our family is honored to add our prayers for Fr. Feydeau.

  9. Ave Maria says:

    I sent this request on to St. Walburga’s monestary.

  10. My prayer for dom François


    oblsb Fontgombault.

    Saint Benoit priez pour lui.

  11. Denise says:

    I am also joining the novena.

  12. Tulsan says:

    Clear Creek Monastery is such a wonderful place. Thank you for posting this, Father.

  13. Christopher Sarsfield says:

    Thank you for moving this up in the blog. I am ashamed to say I forget to do my part today. Thank you again.

  14. Warren says:

    Sending up prayers.

  15. Mary Conces says:

    Joining in–albeit late.

  16. Mark82 says:

    Also joining, also late.

  17. Me says:


    Kindly give us an update if you should receive word from Father Prior.

    May God reward you!

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