Welcome to Incarnation Monastery

Whoever you are – friend, oblate, guest or seeker – you are welcome to participate in our journey of faith, expressed in our daily liturgical prayer, meditation, Eucharist, and on other occasions when we gather to celebrate the creative action of God’s love in our hearts, community, city, and planet Earth.

We, Camaldolese Benedictine monks, are part of the great river of the monastic tradition that flows through all ages and spiritual paths, and has been nourished by the Benedictine Christian experience of Saint Benedict (sixth century), and renewed by the charism of Saint Romuald, an eleventh century Italian monk. In his existence he integrated what has become the characteristic of the living Camaldolese tradition: community, solitude, and evangelizing forms of life.

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Daily Schedule

SAT + SUN

Lauds + Eucharist

8:30 AM

Vespers

5:00 PM

MON + FRI

Lauds

7:00 AM

Short Vespers + Sitting Meditation

5:00 PM

TUE + WED + THU

Lauds

7:00 AM

Vespers + Eucharist

5:00 PM (Tue)

Vespers + Communion Service

5:00 PM (Wed)

Collatio

Group reflection on upcoming Sunday’s readings

5:00 PM (Thu)

Upcoming Events

07 Dec 9:30 am

Veronica Mary Rolf – Expecting God in Sacred Scripture

Does God still speak to us through sacred Scripture? Is the Bible really relevant? Award-winning author, Veronica Mary Rolf, will discuss her new book that traces the complete arc of our life’s journey through the drama of biblical stories. She will also suggest contemplative ways in which we may enter more deeply into the narratives, […]
22 Dec 10:30 am

Come to Incarnation’s Book Group!

Do you love to read and would enjoy sharing a read with others? We will meet monthly on designated Sundays after coffee hour in the newly created “multi-purpose” room, our former chapel. Book to Discuss:  SEASONS OF YOUR HEART: Prayers & Reflections, revised & expanded.  By Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB.    Next meeting: Chapter Four, Racing to […]

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Hospitality

Guest Ministry

Incarnation Monastery is located in the Berkeley Hills just North of the University of California and the Graduate Theological Union. It is a quiet space and guests are welcome and encouraged to join in the prayer of the monastic community if they so desire. Each guest room, with its own balcony, enjoys a beautiful view of the whole San Francisco Bay. Adjacent to the Monastery is a lovely public park. Just a short distance away is the Graduate Theological Union, a remarkable ecumenical and inter-faith experience bonding nine seminaries (Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Dominican, Franciscan, Jesuit, Unitarian and interdenominational), together with Orthodox, Judaic, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist Institutes.  The Chaplaincy Institute is also very close by.

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Spiritual Retreat

Have you considered an urban retreat? Incarnation Priory offers a space in the heart of Berkeley. Your retreat can be structured around the Divine Office recited daily in the chapel. You can combine silence and meditation with walks around our charming North Berkeley neighborhood.

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Cultural Retreat

Berkeley and the Bay Area are unmatched for music, dance, art, literature, and other cultural expressions. Why not recreate yourself with a cultural retreat linked to the prayer and hospitality of the monastery? Are you visiting one of the seminaries in the Graduate Theological Union? The Chaplaincy Institute? The Berkeley campus? You might consider a stay at our nearby Incarnation Monastery. And be sure to visit nearby Tilden Park.

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Brief Rule of St. Romuald

Sit in your cell as in paradise. Put the whole world behind you and forget it. Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish. The path you must follow is in the Psalms — never leave it.

If you have just come to the monastery, and in spite of your good will you cannot accomplish what you want, take every opportunity you can to sing the Psalms in your heart and to understand them with your mind.

And if your mind wanders as you read, do not give up; hurry back and apply your mind to the words once more.

Realize above all that you are in God’s presence, and stand there with the attitude of one who stands before the emperor.

Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God, like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what his mother brings him.

(b. 953 – d. June 19, 1027)

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Father Bede Healey, Monk and Clinical Psychologist

Berkeley, California

Father Bede is a Camaldolese Benedictine monk and Prior of Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley, California. A monk for over 35 years, he was ordained to the presbyterate this Spring.

Father Bede is both a monk and a practicing licensed clinical psychologist. He offers both counseling services and spiritual direction.

Prior to his arrival at Incarnation Monastery in 2016, Bede spent 20 years at the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur. During his tenure, he served as Formation Director, Spiritual 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.

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Father Arthur Poulin, Monk, Priest, and Artist

Berkeley, California

Father Arthur Poulin is a Camaldolese monk, priest, and artist living at Incarnation Monastery, Berkeley, California. A native of California, Father Arthur began his journey in the religious life with the Franciscans.  After a number of years of fruitful service, he discerned a call to a more contemplative way of life and joined the Camaldolese in 1993. Father Arthur spent his early years with the Camaldolese at New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, CA. Over 20 years ago he transferred to our urban monastery in Berkeley, where he served for many years as guest master.  Besides his theological training, he holds a degree in fine arts from Loyola University in Chicago. Father Arthur gives retreats and presentations on the spirituality of creativity and the creative process.

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New Camaldoli Hermitage

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New Camaldoli Hermitage is a community of Roman Catholic monks whose life is dedicated to contemplation and prayer. We are a worshiping community, celebrating with our friends and guests the Liturgy of the Hours and the Holy Eucharist. Our monastic fellowship extends beyond the walls of this hermitage and embraces a large and inclusive community of oblates, persons of different walks of life who live the grace of their baptism in spiritual communion with the monks.

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Sacred Hermitage of Camaldoli

Tuscany, Italy

The Foreste Casentinesi are a magical place, dating back millennia, in which you can sample a piece of the ancient world. Upon its founding, Saint Romuald of Ravenna, began to reform a considerable number of convents and monasteries. The heart of this system is the first five cells where Romuald and his brothers went to follow the rules of the order: fasting, silence, and remaining in the cell.

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Hermit Fish

Santa Cruz, California

Michael Fish, a Camaldolese monk and a member of the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur California, has been granted permission to transfer his stability to his Santa Cruz home, now an official “Camaldolese Residence” – St. Romuald’s Hermitage. While remaining under the authority of the Prior, Michael is now a separate, self supporting “mini-monastery.”

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The Monastery of the Risen Christ

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The Monastery of the Risen Christ is a Benedictine Monastery started as a mission from Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, Pecos, NM, in 1987, by Fr. Ray Roh, O.S.B. Both communities have participated in the Catholic Charismatic renewal. The Monastery is located on a 40 acre ranch just outside San Luis Obispo. The Collection includes a nearly complete series of the Dove Leaflets, a book of the paintings of Fr. Stephen Odenbrett and miscellaneous articles and brochures.

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