Bede is the Prior of Incarnation Monastery and came here in 2016. Prior to that he was at New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur for over 20 years. In his time there be served as formation director, oblate chaplain, council member, cellarer, and vice-prior. Before transferring to the Camaldolese he was a monk of St. Benedict’s Abbey in Kansas for 15 years where he held positions in formation and administration and was an associate professor of psychology at Benedictine College.
Besides attending to the administrative responsibilities and addressing the needs of the monastic community here, Bede provides spiritual direction and offers retreats focused on monastic and contemplative issues, as well as the intersection of spirituality and psychology. He taught at the School of Applied Theology and is an adjunct faculty at the Jesuit School of Theology where he’s teaching a course on psychoanalytic theory and contemplative spirituality.
Bede is also a licensed clinical psychologist and offers psychological consultation and treatment. Bede earned his doctorate in 1990 at the Gordon F Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University in New York. He trained and worked at the Menninger Clinic, where he was a Staff Psychologist, the Director of the Division of Religion and Psychiatry, and held the Ishak Ramsey Professorship at the Karl Menninger School of Mental Health Sciences.
As an ongoing member of a colloquium exploring generative monastic communities, he joins a group of similar scholar-practitioners yearly to explore this area, with occasional publications offered.
In these capacities, he has written and presented widely on psychological and spiritual issues, including sexuality, trauma, ministerial self-care, and promoting psycho-spiritual growth throughout the lifespan. He has consulted with and provided treatment for religious professionals and focuses on working with religious issues in therapy. He has provided psychological assessments for religious and ministerial candidates and consulted with religious communities and dioceses of various denominations.
He has a keen interest in the relationship between spirituality and psychology, especially psychoanalytic relational theory, as well as in exploring the contemplative dimension in everyday life.
Bede enjoys cooking, gardening, a wide variety of music, and is a voracious reader. He is also the go-to guy for anything to do with computers. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he brings a “down home” presence and sharp sense of humor to his interactions with others, and is known for his ready smile.