Monday, July 14, 2008

Sister Mary "Mapquest"...

I’ve been “off the grid” now for nearly nine days. I’ve been eight days in Richmond and four at the monastery. I’ve made two trips to NJ in the last month – one planned visit to a friend and a family funeral I wouldn’t have missed for the world. I’ve been to Ridgely, MD for the installation of the new prioress, Sister Catherine Higley, OSB – a happy day for a community which has been through so much. I’m back in Richmond now and grateful for your patience. There are more summer travels ahead, but I hope to be better and returning to the Internet in between.

LOTS happening at the monastery… On July 11th, the summer feast of Saint Benedict, our Oblates organized a picnic supper on our patio. After a lovely Evening Prayer, planned by Sister Cecilia, the sisters and the oblates dined together al fresco. Greg Evans, Obl. SB, was the grill-master and the rest brought a delicious dish to share. It was a wonderful evening of good food and holy conversation. I know the sisters are hoping this becomes an annual event. The highlight for me was the late arrival of a whole family from the Bedford deanery. Sister Charlotte brought out food for them when they arrived and I got visit with these good people before they headed west again.

The sisters have begun their annual “beach week” vacation. We rent a house on the Outer Banks of NC for five weeks. Sisters go down in small groups of 4 or 5 for one week of rest and play in the ocean. Group #2 has just begun their week. We pray for our absent sisters at the end of every hour of the Office. And, we hope for good weather and a big dose of fun!

Blessings and love to you all…

- Sister Vicki