The Community

The Monastery's composition is unique. It is made up of 3 communities, the monks, the sisters of Holy Family Convent and satellite oblates who live in their own homes on the grounds. There is also a growing group of RVers, who come each year to assist the community in many ways. They have been nicknamed "The Holy Hoboes".

In keeping with the spirituality of St. Benedict, the Divine Office is observed daily. This prayer life is shared with visitors and retreatants alike. The community's rule was written by St. Benedict (480-547), who established monasteries in Italy.

Approximately 750 lay oblates, living in their U.S. home communities and some overseas, are affiliated with Holy Trinity Monastery's oblate programs. Fr. Henri ministers to oblate groups in El Paso, TX and San Diego, CA. Local oblates from all over Cochise County, Nogales, Tucson and other surrounding areas come to the monastery for monthly oblate meetings.

A quarterly newsletter, with a circulation of nearly 18,000, keeps the oblates and friends abreast of Holy Trinity Monastery's happenings.

Throughout the year, retreats, days of recollection and meetings are a major source of income. Together with the Guesthouse, Spring and Autumn Festivals, Monte Cassino RV Park, pecan sales, Mass Stipends and Holy Trinity Monastery priests assisting nearby parishes help financially.

In its ecumenical outreach, HTM hosts various denominations of clergy and lay persons for spiritual retreats and planning meetings throughout the year.

Members of the community are active in ministries outside of the Monastery. These include food and clothing distribution to orphanages and homes for the elderly in Mexico. Also, there is donated time to Quiburi Mission, a nursing home in Benson. Fr. Henri serves a French speaking parish in Los Angeles one weekend each month.

Popular places to visit are the outdoor Stations of the Cross, Meditation Garden, Brother Cadfael Conservatory, Birdwalk, Trinity Bookstore, the Library and Gallery Trinitas, which has a gift shop, art gallery and museum. Benedict's Closet is a thrift shop of real bargains.