February 19, 2018

Sr. Harriet's Clothing

Sr. Mary Therese reading the Rule

Sr. Harriet became a novice yesterday as she received the Cistercian habit on the first Sunday of Lent.
She received the habit from M. Rebecca in the Chapter Room.  The community looked on along with seven young women who participated in our Vocation discernment weekend. 
Sr. Harriet preparing for Mass

Bringing up the gifts

The novice also receives the Rule of St. Benedict which we follow along with a cross made from wood from our property.

 At dinner we had a celebratory meal to mark this most important step for Harriet in monastic life.
With Sr. Kathleen her novice director

With M. Rebecca and Sr. Kathleen

February 3, 2018

Mother Gail's 80th Birthday

Making a wish!
On January 31 Mother Gail celebrated her 80th birthday. It is hard to believe that someone that energetic and young looking could be 80but she is.  A given in monastic life is that one does not retire.  Mother Gail is very active in community, serving as junior director, helps out on candy crews and several other jobs.
Mother Maureen

Opening gifts.

A plus for the celebration was having Mother Maureen of Wrentham here to celebrate with us.  She arrived just before dinner and will make her yearly retreat at our hermitage.