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Oh, Brother! We are so grateful for Brother David

Brother David

The world is a better place as a result of the decades

of work,


teachings, and integrity

of Brother David, 86,

a  Benedictine Monk you should know.

“Brother DAVID STEINDL-RAST was born July 12, 1926, in Vienna, Austria, where he studied art, anthropology, and psychology, receiving an MA from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and a PhD from the University of Vienna.

In 1952 he followed his family who had emigrated to the United States. In 1953 he joined a newly founded Benedictine community in Elmira, NY, Mount Saviour Monastery, of which he is now a senior member.

In 1958/59 Brother David was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cornell University, where he also became the first Roman Catholic to hold the Thorpe Lectureship, following Bishop J.D.R. Robinson and Paul Tillich.

He co-founded the Center for Spiritual Studies with Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Sufi teachers and is a member of the Lindisfarne Association.

His writings include Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer, The Music of Silence (with Sharon Lebell), Words of Common Sense and Belonging to the Universe (co-authored with Fritjof Capra). He also co-founded A Network for Grateful Living, an organization dedicated to gratefulness as a transformative influence for individuals and society.”

Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness, N.J. Paulist Press 1984. ISBN 0-8091-2628-1

Brother David Website


A small galaxy of stars – poets, healers, teachers, entrepreneurs, authors, philosophers and artists –gathered to honor Brother David at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts on

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Brother David Gives Catholics  – and all the citizens of the world-

hope, joy, inspiration, and enormous gratitude

for our blessings each day.

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