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Due to the theological contradictions of the new Mass and belief system of Vatican Council II, especially ecumenism and modernism, an assemblage of faithful Catholics have preserved the traditional Latin Mass in North Alabama.

Leaving friends, relatives and well-paying jobs in states as far away as Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas, these Catholics moved to Cullman, Alabama, where the traditional Latin Mass was celebrated at Christ the King Monastery. Under the tutelage of Abbot Leonard Giardina, OSB, great care was taken to preserve the traditional rites, ceremonies and customs of the Benedictine way of life.

Abbot Leonard passed away on January 7, 2011, at the age of 88, after which an unfortunate situation arose. Lacking firm leadership, Christ the King Monastery soon discontinued administering the traditional sacraments.

On March 6, 2011, the last public Mass was offered for people who had supported the monastery for years. After this Mass, the monastery was closed to the public. The one hundred or so parishioners assembled at a remote location after Mass to discuss their options. Those who were aware of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI) contacted Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas in Omaha, NE, who responded promptly to the people’s need for a priest.

On March 13, 2011, Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, celebrated Mass at the Gold Ridge Community Center in Cullman, and assured the congregation that the priests of the CMRI could be available to fulfill their spiritual needs. After a detailed explanation of CMRI’s theological position, the people then chose to accept only priests approved by Bishop Pivarunas.

On March 20, 2011, Bishop Pivarunas celebrated Mass at the Gold Ridge Community Center and assured the people of his patronage.

After Mass on March 27, 2011, Father Gregory Drahman, CMRI, presided over adopting a name for the church group. Saint Benedict was chosen and adopted as a patron. Soon afterward, this name was fully incorporated as a Catholic parish under the laws of the State of Alabama, as a 501c3 tax-exempt organization.

On November 1, 2011, a semi-permanent location was procured in Lacey’s Spring, Alabama. Parishioners spent long days renovating the large building to make it suitable for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

In July, 2014, Fr. Michael Oswalt was assigned as St. Benedict's resident priest. The parish now has daily Mass, frequent Confession times, catechism classes and countless other blessings.

A large social hall is attached to the chapel providing a welcome respite for our growing membership. When funds permit, the parishioners plan to seek property for a permanent location for their church.