Michael Fish


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Rev. Michael Fish, OSB, Cam., is a native of South Africa, born in Johannesburg. At the age of 23 he entered the Redemptorists, a missionary community in the Catholic Church, and spent many of the 26 years he was with the community forming young South Africans aspiring to be Redemptorists. In 1997, responding to a persistent desire for a more contemplative way of life. Michael left the Redemptorists and South Africa and became a Camaldolese Benedictine at New Camaldoli Hermitage in California.

After initial formation as a Camaldolese Michael was assigned as spiritual director to the Oblates (lay associates) of the Hermitage, numbering about 600 and living all over the world. For the past 11 years he has been involved in the spiritual formation of men entering monastic life. Michael is now engaged in spiritual direction to guests and retreatants at the Hermitage as well as directing retreats.

In Michael’s 39 years of Religious/Monastic life one of the most formative periods for him was the ten years he spent in a Zulu village in South Africa which shaped his call to contemplative life as it exposed him to the wisdom, beauty and simplicity of rural people and their life, an experience that still fuels his approach to life and contemplation today.

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