Sky Farm is a non-profit corporation founded in 1975 as a Hermitage in the Hesychast tradition, with guest facilities and chapel for the purpose of prayer, contemplation, study, and work; and to promote spiritual well-being among its members and the community at large through these practices.
The further intention and deepest hope is to promote peace through the living of a life of truth, compassion and respect for every creature. To this end the hermits in residence are called Hermits of Peace. Silent prayer is offered daily at noon for peace, through the intercession of Our Lady of Peace and St. Francis of Assisi.
The current Board of Directors are Br. Francis Ali, Sr. Michaela Terrio and Dr. John G. Trapani, Jr.
Father Dunstan Morrissey, a widely venerated Benedictine Hermit, lived a life of silence and solitude at Sky Farm from 1974 until 2002. He created a few hermitages for guests and offered these generously to those who came, sharing also the wisdom flowing from his practice of stillness and solitude. He completed his earthly journey on February 25, 2009, Ash Wednesday-- a day he always spent in silence.
Br. David Steindl-Rast, a senior member of the Benedictine community in Elmira, NY, Mount Savior Monastery, well-known spiritual teacher and founder of A Network for Grateful Living and its remarkable website: gratefulness.org, generously served on the Sky Farm Board from 2002-2010. His friendship and support have been a great blessing for Sky Farm.
Br. Francis Ali, immersed in the study and practice of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and the Hesychast tradition, especially the writings of St. Isaac the Syrian, lived 8 years as a Camaldolese hermit-monk at New Camaldoli Hermitage, 13 years in a forest hermitage, and made 3 extended trips to India to be with Fr. Bede Griffiths. He has also been deeply inspired by the life and writings of Fr. Henri Le Saux (Abhishiktananda) and in 1985 he made his vows of rennunciation as a Christian Sannyasi under Fr. Bede. He now lives in hermitage at Sky Farm.
Sr. Michaela Terrio - began her Monastic journey in 1973 as a Cloistered Poor Clare Nun where she remained for 17 years. Discerning a call to a more eremitical life she traveled to India to live with Fr. Bede Griffiths, her spiritual Father and made vows of renunciation as a Christian Sannyasi in 1992. She served at San Damiano Retreat for 5 years and since 2003 she has lived in hermitage at Sky Farm.
John G. Trapani Jr. is professor of philosophy at Walsh University. During his 36 years at the university, he has served as chair of the Philosophy Department and Humanities Division and is the founder and director of the university's annual Philosophy-Theology Symposium, now in its 35th year. The current president of the American Maritain Association, John has written extensively on Maritain's philosophy and is editor of Truth Matters. He has recently published,
Poetry, Beauty, and Contemplation:The Complete Aesthetics of Jacques Maritain. It is receiving great reviews!
The Christian tradition of prayer in solitude goes back to Jesus and plays an indispensable role for the well-being of the Church. Before undertaking his mission and before every significant event in his life, Jesus spent time praying in solitary places. He taught his followers to do the same. Throughout the history of the Church, men and women have followed the call to lifelong solitude. A few hours, days or weeks of prayerful seclusion can bring strength, healing, and clarity to everyone’s life.
“If you love truth, be a lover of silence. Silence, like the sunlight will illuminate you in God.” -St. Issac of Syria, a 7th Century Hermit Monk-
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