Inquirers are always welcome!
Full-day Retreat with Susan Stabile
Over the years, Erin and Casey have told us about their family connection to Brother André Bessette, now St. André. I recently discovered that Canada’s Salt and Light Media made a documentary about him. It’s available online for rental or purchase; the trailer is posted here so people can get a sense of what he was like.
Judith Gerald and Sharon Strand made their request to become Oblate Candidates during our Sunday Evening Prayer on January 31. After a period of time as inquirers, they now begin to study St. Benedict’s Rule and seek to put it into practice in their everyday lives. They join a community of over 70 oblates of this monastery, and share in the Sisters’ Benedictine spirituality.
In the enrollment ceremony, candidates receive the medal of St. Benedict and – of course – a copy of The Rule to study.
Evening Prayer concluded the monastery’s 24-hour Call to Holiness Day of Prayer which included Adoration, Taizé prayer, Acoustic Praise, lectio divina, the Rosary and Benediction — and many hours in which students from The College of St. Scholastica joined the Sisters in silent prayer. The event marked the end of the Year of Consecrated Life.
The next Oblate meeting takes place at 1pm on February 14. Inquirers are always welcome.
It is easy to become jaded to the celebration of Christmas. Decorated trees and light shows, wonderful meals, stacks of presents begin to blur together. The childhood burst of surprise and joy can become dulled.
But the mystery of the incarnation, of the fullness of God somehow coming among us as a newborn baby, becomes ever more amazing as we contemplate it in each liturgical year.
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery wish all of you much joy in this season of celebrating the fullness of Emmanuel, God-with-us. May you find moments of silence to sit in wonder before this greatest of mysteries.
Our Open House for the Year of Consecrated Life
is Sunday December 6 at 2:00 PM.
All Oblates are invited, and I especially hope a few will be able to meet and greet other visitors at the Oblate Office.
Offices will be open around the monastery, slide shows and videos will play in some locations, there will be mini-concerts and a Chapel Tour. The event culminates with a special (early) Evening Prayer at 3:30pm in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel.
Our regular Oblate meeting is the following Sunday, December 13.
I hope to see you soon!
These are the slides from our Oblate meeting on November 8. We continued the theme of dialogue, this time considering our dialogue with the environment – and with ourselves and our society about the environment. The short conference provided a monastic and Benedictine context for considering Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.