Last weekend our community visited with the Association of Iowa Cistercians Conversi group. The Conversi are people interested in the associates group but live too far away to come to the monthly meetings. Once a year as may as can come to Mississippi Abbey/New Melleray Abbey for a retreat. This year and for the past several years one Conversi drives to the retreat from Spokane Washington.
During their visit they shared about how important the group is to them and how grateful they are for the spiritual formation it provides. One member said:this is not a chat room, we really are a faith community.