I am returning to our convent in Richmond for a year. Actually, I am already there. I am here because I want to help take care of things until Sister Charlotte and Sister Connie Ruth are recovered from their injuries. Two members of the community will join me after Labor Day - Sister Mary Clark, OSB and Karen Alexander, one of our postulants. Both will be of service in our high school. Sister Mary will be in the Library and Karen will intern in Campus Ministry. Me? I’m in a new bedroom and have set up a small office on the second floor in a window well overlooking the avenue. I will continue vocation ministry from here as well as some new duties in formation. The three of us will be community for one another and maintain our Benedictine presence in Richmond. Yes, I did just move home to the monastery on July 1st. I asked to return. Sister Cecilia and the council prayerfully affirmed this request.
I’ve been thinking that much of life just happens. Ours, especially, is a life of everyday things that focus our hearts on God. Every now and then something BIG happens – a moment of great joy or immense sorrow. These big things – happy or sad – bring the gift of clarity. For a short time we see what is truly important – what really matters. I believe I am exactly where I am supposed to be. This year will be a time of grace – for me and for the women who will join me here. I ask your prayers for our mission house as well as continued prayers for our sisters’ recovery.
Blessings and love to you all…
- Sister Vicki