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Br John’s Funeral Homily

Posted on May 4th, by Br. CB in Community News & Events. 7 comments

Br. John Benedict, 1932-2016

On April 23rd, 2016 our Br. John died mowing the lawns around the guest house.  The following Friday, we buried our dear brother and present to you here Abbot Peter’s Homily for the occasion.  We deeply appreciate your prayers for our deceased brother.

Funeral Mass Homily by Abbot Peter McCarthy

7 thoughts on “Br John’s Funeral Homily

  1. I met Br. John when I was there on retreat in the 1990s. He was kind and open and generous to me. Your homily for him is quite poetic and beautiful. May he rest in Peace.


    Todd Witherell

  2. Brother John was a gracious and compassionate man. As Abbot Peter noted in his homily, John was multi-faceted: monastic nurtured the fullness of his humanity. He was truly a brother.

  3. In meadows of green grass he lets me lie. To the waters of repose he leads me; there he revives my soul. Ps 23. And with his boots on – no less!?!?! Brother John, may you rest in peace!

  4. Br. John. I loved him. And now also and still. His tender silences. His kind smile. He slayed the queen of the carpenter ants and let me help in the work. Fr. Peter Byrne once said of him, “He’s like a glass of clear water.” My heart goes out to all of you there who miss him in the flesh in your midst. God’s healing blessing to you. with love

  5. I visited your web page this morning and was saddened to hear of Brother John’s death. I loved that man and his sense of humor. I’ll never forget his big smile and greeting each morning when he would give me my work assignment for the day. I would refer to him as my, “Task Master,” and ask that he go easy on me. Fond memories, Lord, accept Brother John into your loving arms for eternity! ✝

  6. He was twenty years older than me, and I was the one who needed a massage after we worked. We unplugged a culvert together, dug some small ditches in the pouring rain, cleaned gutters after he showed me how to walk on a metal roof, trimmed ice-covered branches, washed dishes, and assembled boxes for the cakes. He always wanted me to have the right-sized boot. He wasn’t sure if he was going to cheer for Ohio State or Notre Dame. With a smile he said “God can take me any time he wants. I’m ready.” One of his last words to me? “Thanks.”John, it’s you we need to thank, more than we ourselves can imagine.

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