Monday, February 9, 2009

A Brand New Benedictine...

At 4:30 yesterday afternoon, Mary Diebler Clark entered our monastery. Surrounded by her dearest friends and the entire monastic community, Mary answered the BIG question - "What do you seek?" - from her heart (and a small piece of paper.) She affirmed her search for GOD among us, her desire to love Christ in loving her sisters and the intent to do so all her days.

Our prioress, Sister Cecilia Dwyer, OSB, officiated at the entrance rite. It is her privilege and responsibility to welcome new members, ask the magic question, and read from the Holy Rule. The monastic community responds to Mary in song: "Come, O my daughter, listen to me. I will teach you to reverence GOD." The sisters also commit to supporting Mary and her Novice Director, Sister Doris Nolte, OSB.

When the rite was completed, Sister Cecilia asked Mary to lead the procession into the Chapel for Evening Prayer. A receiving line of sisters gave Mary hugs and kisses after EP. Then, a VERY festive and delicious Sunday dinner for the community and Mary's guests. (Our brother, Greg Evans, Obl. SB, helped to prepare the feast. And, our friend, Dr. Lorraine Gunzerath, provided the FABULOUS desserts! To ensure Mary's friends that they are now friends of the entire community, the sisters blessed them in song as the evening concluded.

Please join us in thanking GOD for the gift of Mary Diebler Clark, and ask GOD to bless her as she continues to discern our way of life.

Blessings and love to you all...
- Sister Vicki