He is a Monk.
Br Teilo lives in a monastery, it is a walled area which encloses his home, chapel and grounds, it is made like this so that Br Teilo and his brother can concentrate on God and prayer.
Br Teilo works in the garden of the monastery, he tries to be very prayerful while he works, and puts great love into all he does. The garden flourishes under his care.
Br Teilo has left the monastery only once in the 10 years that he has been there. It was when he had to go to hospital after he broke his arm falling of the garden ladder. Br Teilo doesn’t go home to his parents for holidays or go to the movies at the weekend, he spends his whole life living, working and praying in the monastery.
Br Teilo has a beautiful singing voice which he uses for the glory of God. He sings the divine office in choir with his brother monks. (Psalms and prayers said 7 times a day.)
Br Teilo is also a priest and has the privilege of celebrating mass each day at a little altar in the monastery church.
Br Teilo gets very sleepy when he gets up at midnight to pray with his brothers but he knows that it is worth it because he is asking God to help all the people throughout the world who are in need.
Being a brother in a community of brothers, makes Br Teilo part of one great big family. They all try to love and care for each other even though they come from many different countries and backgrounds. They know that in trying to live in harmony together they help to bring a little more peace into the world. Br Teilo is from Australia and has left his country to be part of this community.
Br Teilo has taken solemn vows, this means he has promised God that he will remain in this community for the rest of his life. Br Teilo has promised to live the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience forever.
So, now that you know Br Teilo and understand a bit about his life as a monk, maybe you would like to meet his friend Br Leo, the Friar. Come back next week to hear about what Brother Leo gets up to all day. Until then, remember we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.