We’re excited to welcome our good friend Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, OSB, Cam to Mt. Irenaeus and the St. Bonaventure University campus!
Cyprian, a monk, musician, composer, author and teacher from New Camoldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California, is bringing his music and stories to the SBU campus on Friday, March 29, for a coffee house gathering titled Stories and Songs from the Road.
The gathering will be in the Great Room of the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry building starting at 7:30 pm. Coffee and light refreshments will be served while Cyprian integrates narrative and song while telling of his personal journey.
Join us again on Saturday, March 30, starting at 2 p.m. for an overnight retreat at Mt. Irenaeus with the Mountain friars and Cyprian as they help us hear The Universal Call of Wisdom and Holiness. This all day Saturday into Sunday retreat is open to the public, but please call ahead to register. Cyprian will lead us in meditation and song with time on the land for reflection and meditation. Students – please sign up on the bulletin board outside Br. Kevin’s office in the Ministries Center, room 106. Non-students, please call Fr. Lou at 585-973-2470 if you are looking for accommodations.
Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam. is a Camaldolese monk, musician, composer, author and teacher. A native of Illinois, he spent his young adult years mostly in Arizona working as a professional musician. He joined the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California, in 1992. After his initial years of formation there, and solemn vows and ordination, he lived in a hermitage near Santa Cruz, California, for 10 years, spending about half his time at home, and half his time traveling, performing and teaching, working extensively in interreligious dialogue, music and meditation. Much of both his music and his teaching revolve around the Universal Call to Contemplation through spirituality and the arts. He has six collections of original music recorded and published through OCP Publications, and several independent releases, including those with his long time collaborator, percussionist John Pennington. A student of the writings of Bede Griffiths and Abhishiktananda, Cyprian has a great love for comparative religion, and has published two books based on wisdom culled from what he has gained from his studies, and numerous articles on spirituality as well as on music and liturgy. He has been to India numerous times as well as other countries in Europe, Asia, and the Mideast, performing as well as studying and teaching. Returning to New Camaldoli in 2012, he was elected prior of the community in 2013.
Cyprian’s exciting new project, Hermit, Preacher, Wanderer: Songs and Stories from the Road, revolves around twenty songs written during his international travel and interfaith work. It explores the background to the songs, photos and excerpts from his travelogues, explanations of the other religious traditions from which they are drawn and the Catholic approach to interreligious dialogue, as well as the sheet music for the songs themselves.