Congratulations to Brother William, who earned his M.A. degree
and was part of the Seminary and School of Theology commencement
ceremony on Saturday.
The novices and juniors held an appreciation party for Abbot
Justin at the Placidium (novice and junior recreation house on
campus) last Friday with special snacks and drinks and fellowship
with the monastic community.
On Monday, we observed the 30-day anniversary of the death of
Brother Philip and on Wednesday we observed the one-year
anniversary of the death of Father Cyprian. The Conventual Mass was
offered for their souls on those days.
Father Meinrad gave the homily at our Monte Cassino pilgrimage
on Sunday. Father Barnabas and Brother Maurus are the remaining
speakers at these pilgrimages that happen in May
and October in honor of our Blessed Mother.
Br Francis blog posted a blog recently sharing a reflection of St.
Monastery Upgrade Update: About 10 weeks remain
until the scheduled deadline for the completion of the monastery
upgrade project, and there is still a lot of work to be
accomplished before then. However, at this stage, all of the
contractors say they will be finished by the given deadline and so
we are proceeding to plan for the move back at that time.
Should some unforeseen difficulty arise between now and then, it
would be possible to delay the infirmary and refectory completion
for about a month and we could continue to use the spaces currently
used in St. Anselm Hall.
N.B.: We begin our annual monastery retreat
next week. Pray for us that we may enter into the time of retreat
with reflective and receptive hearts and minds. Pray, too, for us
as we approach the election of our next archabbot on June 2.
Be assured of our prayers for you.
Signing off this week with a quote from St. Irenaeus on the Holy
Trinity (as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
this Sunday, May 22):
"For with Him were always present the Word and Wisdom, the Son
and the Spirit, by whom and in whom, freely and spontaneously, He
made all things, to whom also He speaks, saying, 'Let Us make man
after Our image and likeness;' He taking from Himself the substance
of the creatures [formed], and the pattern of things made, and the
type of all the adornments in the world."