Friday, September 30, 2011

September Growth!

September has been a wonderful month as we celebrated with two wonderful women who both happen to be called SUSAN!

On September 7th, Susan Rakers entered Our Lady of Grace Monastery.  Following Evening Prayer, the community gathered in the narthex of the chapel to welcome Susan as a postulant.  Standing in front of the statue of Our Lady of Grace Susan received a copy of the Rule of Benedict and the Office Books that she will use for prayer everyday.  After a prayer of blessing, each member of community came forward to welcome Susan.  It was a great day for Susan and for our community.

On September 28th, Susan Reuber was received as an affiliate of our community.  During this time she will continue to discern her call to our community and complete the requirements for entrance into our community.  Before Evening Prayer, the community gathered in the lobby of our monastery to welcome Susan.  

Please pray for Postulant Susan Rakers and Affiliate Susan Reuber as they continue to journey along the monastic way.  We also ask your prayers for vocations to our community so that we might continue to share the Benedictine way with the Church and our world.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall is upon our grove!

The season of Fall is upon us. Our grove is showing signs of letting go as some trees are beginning to lose their green. Outside my office window I have the view of a tree that is already turning red. What a sight and what a spiritual lesson on letting go. Here's a photo of our cemetery last Fall.