Meet Father Cyprian Consiglio, newly elected Prior, New Camaldoli Hermitage, Big Sur.
Father Cyprian, who entered the Camaldolese community in 1992, is recognized for his gifts as a musician, composer, author and teacher. He is originally from Illinois, but he and his family all relocated to the West in the late 1970s. After various experiences in religious life at a young age, he worked as a professional musician through his 20s. During his initial formative years he worked extensively on the liturgy, especially in composing and compiling much of the liturgical chant for both the Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours which are in use today at New Camaldoli Hermitage.
After his initial years at New Camaldoli, he spent ten years living in a hermitage near Santa Cruz, California. During that period he also traveled extensively performing and teaching.
A student of the writings of Bede Griffiths and Abhishiktananda, Father Cyprian has a great love for comparative religion, and besides several articles he has published a book "Prayer in the Cave of the Heart" also for Liturgical Press, based on wisdom culled from his experience and studies. He is currently working on a second volume, "Spirit, Soul and Body: Toward an Integral Christian Spirituality."
Father Cyprian has regularly led retreats and conferences on prayer and meditation, and has also completed Yoga Teacher Training at Mount Madonna Center near Santa Cruz, CA. He has done extensive work in inter-faith dialogue and serves on the board of the Bede Griffiths Trust and the US branch of Monastic Inter-religious Dialogue (MID), and was the founder of Sangha Shantivanam in Santa Cruz. He has lived back with the community in Big Sur since November, 2012.