The Monastery of the Ascension is a community of about a dozen Benedictine monks which has been in Southern Idaho since 1965. We live a life of prayer, work and reading accordng to the Rule of St. Benedict and try to serve the Catholic Church and the people of southern Idaho through various ministries which include parochial work, retreats, teaching and scholarship, ecumenical activities, counseling and spiritual direction, and social service.
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Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB

[IMAGE] Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB

I was born in Lakeview, OR, and lived in Baker and Grant counties before moving to Eugene, where I attended grade school. I entered Mt. Angel Abbey in 1960 and was ordained to priestly service in 1966. I did most of my subsequent graduate work in philosophy and theology at The Catholic University of America and Sant' Anselmo in Rome. I taught humanities, philosophy and theology for 30 years at Mt. Angel Seminary, and directed the abbey library at Mt. Angel for 10 years, before coming to Ascension Priory in 1996. Here the time not devoted to liturgy and other community activities, I spend teaching, writing and doing pastoral work, which along with my friends are my great loves in this world. During the school year I am chaplain at St. John's Catholic Student Center at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID. I coordinate the monastery's oblate program and the Road Scholar Programs offered in the monastery's retreat house/ministry center. My academic interests center on medieval religious thought and practice, monastic history, and theology about Christ and creation. I am very interested in ornithology and natural history generally.

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541 East-100 South
Jerome, ID 83338

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