Today our dear confrere, Father Bernard Cranor, died peacefully at the Monastery . He was ninety-two years old and lived a very long and fruitful life, first for a short time as a Trappist monk in Utah, then as a Dominican friar for many years, then as a monk of Christ in the Desert the last several decades of his life.
Father Bernard was from California, born on July 30th, 1931. He professed vows as a Dominican friar on April 29th, 1953 and ordained a priest on June 9th, 1962. Subsequently he obtained Doctorate in Liturgy in Paris.
In our community He was one of our cooks,  librarian for many years, teacher in our formation program, creator of photo cards and postcards. He kept busy until the last year or so of his life.
We commend Father Bernard and all the faithful departed to your prayers. May the angels lead Father Bernard into Paradise!
Well done, good and faithful servant!
Fr Bernard’s funeral and burial at the Monastery on September 12th at 11:00 am.
Abbot Christian and the monks

Photo by Kirk Gulledge