My heart ... belongs to Christ: Br Patrick

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My heart ... belongs to Christ: Br Patrick
Br Patrick Mary Hobbs OSB (front, right) with Fr Pius Mary Noonan OSB (front, left) and the Notre Dame Priory community.

Br Patrick Mary Hobbs OSB opted to proceed with his junior profession of vows at St Patrick’s Church, Colebrook, despite the COVID-19 crisis as he did not want to ‘make God wait’.

Due to restrictions on both religious gatherings and interstate travel, Tasmania’s Benedictine community was unable to open the doors to the public on Easter Tuesday, April 14, but Br Patrick’s mainland family members followed the ceremony on a live stream, Prior of the community Fr Pius Mary Noonan OSB explained.

Br Patrick, 23, formerly a cabinet maker from Brisbane, is the fifth candidate to make his first commitment by means of vows at Colebrook. He is the younger brother of another community member, Br Gregory Mary.

“Each newly professed member brings us closer to the stage where a full monastery can be formed,” Fr Pius said.

“This initial group of men is the foundation upon which the future is built.”

Br Patrick joins Br Francisco Maria de Brito OSB, who took his first vows in February, as a lay brother (not studying for the priesthood). They carry out manual tasks, as well as duties for the building and maintenance of the monastery.
Br Patrick joined the Benedictine community in July 2018 after a pivotal moment while attending an Ignatian retreat run by Fr Pius in April of that year.

“It was during a meditation on the Nativity of Our Lord that Our Lady gave me a very simple and clear sign she wanted me in the monastery,” Br Patrick recalled.

Br Patrick explained that it was the Benedictine balance between prayer and work that resonated with him. He finds joy in the simplicity of the life and the spirit of family that reigns in the community.

“The most significant aspect of having made religious vows is that now my heart is not mine anymore, but it belongs to Christ,” he said.

“I look forward to firm foundations in our young community and I ask for the prayers of all who read this article for the grace of perseverance in this life chosen for me.

“My hope is that more young people seriously consider giving their lives to God through religious life. The world and Church need prayers, and some graces can only be obtained through consecrated souls in religious life.”

Notre Dame Priory is at Colebrook in southern Tasmania. This Benedictine monastic community was founded in February 2017 and is working towards becoming an autonomous monastery. Dedicated to God by means of the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, stability, and conversion of life, monks spend their time in prayer and labour.