Brother Aidan, OHC


I’m Brother Aidan: Benedictine monk, monastery groundskeeper, avid knitter, lover of poetry and fiction, and the author of this blog. I entered Holy Cross Monastery in September 2014, was clothed as a novice in March 2015, and made my first profession of the Benedictine vow on All Saints’ Day 2016. After growing up in Dallas, Texas, I left for boarding school and college in Connecticut. I spent two years living in an intentional community and working with adults with mental illness in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina. Then I moved to New York, where I received my M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary. I completed my chaplaincy residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital before entering the monastery. You can follow me on Instagram and Ravelry. I also maintain a blog about knitting.

Holy Cross Monastery


Holy Cross Monastery is a Benedictine monastery in the Episcopal Church. We are located on 26 acres on the Hudson River and offer hospitality to thousands each year through our guesthouse and retreat programming. Our grounds host pollinator-friendly flower beds, bee colonies, vegetable and herb gardens, a labyrinth, wooded walking trails, riverfront beaches, and a meadow maintained for wildlife.

You can find more information about the monastery, our retreats, and Benedictine spirituality on our website.

Much of the stunning photography on the blog is courtesy of Brother Randy, OHC. You can find him on Flickr.