I hinted not too long ago that we'd have some more good news soon. We will have two postulants this fall - Mary Clark, who I wrote about a few weeks ago, and Jennifer Short, who was accepted for entrance this week. Jennifer is an Ohio native who most recently lived and work in Chicago. We met Jen in the winter of 2007 at one of our Monastic Discernment Weekends. Her visits to us continued and she became an Affiliate of our community soon after. Her long blond hair and distinctive blue glasses make her recognizable to many of you, I think. Her presence has always added joy to our house. Jennifer will arrive at the end of July and knock on our chapel door Friday, August 29th. Please keep Jennifer and Mary in your prayers and join us in thanking GOD for this double blessing!
I am traveling to Minnesota this weekend and will reappear on Wednesday of next week.
Blessings and love to you all...
- Sister Vicki
Monday, July 14, 2008
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
Posted by Sister Vicki Ix, OSB at 3:47 PM