Monasticism: The Downfall of Dom Besret

In the damp green hills of Brittany stands Abbaye de Boquen, a small 12th century monastery, where cloistered Cistercian monks have prayed and tilled the soil in silent serenity for centuries. In recent years, though, the monastery has welcomed the outside world with a sign at the gate proclaiming: "The brothers would like you to share in their search for spiritual unity and liberty." Since 1964, the abbey has been a center for audacious innovation under its prior, Dom Bernard Besret, now 34.

Last week a new prior arrived in Boquen. Dom Besret...

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