June 18, 2018

Community Retreat

Dom Gerard
Last week our community had its annual retreat.  This year Dom Gerard from Genesse Abbey south of Rochester in New York preached the retreat.  It was a wonderful retreat.  His conferences were deep and thought provoking.  He spoke on many subjects ranging from our deepest desire for God as the only source of real happiness, acedia as an overlying state in our society, the importance of stability in our monastic life to aid us to go deeper, Marian spirituality and many other things.
We were blessed with good weather so it was possible to spend time in nature.

June 9, 2018

Sr. Macarena's Clothing

Our new novice
 Our Sr. Macarena received the Cistercian habit on June 8th, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Chapter Room.  This was followed by the Mass for the feast.  At dinner we had a festive meal with Mexican cuisine.  Mother Rebecca made enchiladas for the occasion.  We are very happy to welcome Sr. Macarena into our novitiate!
Receiving the Rule of St. Benedict

Receiving the Cistercian Habit

Back:Sr. Macarena, Sr. Mary Therese, Sr. Harriet  Front: M. Rebecca, Sr. Kathleen

A very happy formation group