Our Father Patrick Brown passed quietly to Lord early this morning. He will be remembered as especially hardworking and patient. Many of us recall him faithfully unboxing jars at the Trappist Preserves day after day, morning after morning; and always present in Church for the Divine Office. He entered the monastery in 1952. We praise and thank God for Father Patrick's 68 years of loving service in the Cistercian monastic life.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. Hebrews 12
Photograph by Brother Brian.