Last weekend, Fr. Adrian gave a retreat in our Guest House
to several attendees.
At Midday prayer on Friday, we had around 170 middle
school students and their teachers visiting. One of our larger
crowds for Midday prayer! Br. Maurus and Br. Luke were certainly
busy with tours for the visiting students.
Archabbot Justin presided at Mass on Sunday for the
Solemnity of the Ascension. Fr. Harry gave the homily and he shared
the following about the scripture readings and our vows: Stability
provides the grounding for faithfulness. Coversatio means
continually turning with , changing. It is a vow of continually
turning with all the monks to be a better monk day by day. Then,
the monk must listen with the ear of his heart in order to discern
how to change by standing still. A new conversatio was happening as
the disciples looked at the sky at Jesus' Ascension. This new
conversatio left them learning how to be Church and how to
celebrate the New Covenant through the Eucharist.
In his homily on Wednesday, Fr. Vincent encouraged: When
we know and realize that we are completely loved by God, we have an
identity no one can take away from us and a peace no one can take
away from us. May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our
hope in you.
We lost another beloved monk this week, Fr. Cyprian. Fr.
Cyprian died early in the day on Monday, May 18. Here is a link to his
Br. Francis wrote two blog posts about Fr.
Aelred and Fr.
Cyprian who died within a week of each other. Click their names
to go to the posts.
Fr. Eugene gave the remembrance during the Office of the
Dead. He recalled his friendship with Fr. Cyprian and how they
bantered back and forth frequently giving each other a hard time.
Fr. Eugene shared that race relations in the United States fueled
Fr. Cyprian's imagination when he marched at Selma because he
wondered where all the black Catholics were. This was one of
several reasons why Fr. Cyprian researched and is well known for
his research of Black Catholics in the United States. He was
working on the second edition of this book up until his
Archabbot Justin shared in the homily at Fr. Cyprian's
Funeral Mass that Fr. Cyprian loved the monastic life. He was our
brother and appreciated the mutual jeering of one another. Christ
meant everything to him. When Archabbot Justin and Prior Kurt were
with Fr. Cyprian when he was dying and hooked up to an oxygen mask,
Fr. Cyprian's only word was "Christ, Christ, Christ". Fr. Cyprian
preferred nothing to Christ.
This week, Abbot Justin Brown, OSB from St. Joseph's Abbey
in Louisiana (our daughter house) has been with us this week giving
us conferences most mornings and afternoons as part of our annual
retreat. Our retreat concludes with Mass this morning with Abbot
Justin Brown presiding and renewal of our vows. We enjoyed a
revised schedule this week allowing us to enter into the retreat
with more time for reflection and recollection and, much to most
everyone's delight, we had a hot breakfast all week. (It's the
A geothermal drilling company spent some time here this
week drilling into the earth to test potential sites for geothermal
wells for our monastery. Renovations are well underway in our
infirmary and all the juniors and novices and many of the solemnly
professed moved out of the monastery last week and
Please continue to pray for us as we finish this temporary
transition out of the monastery and for safety of those working on
the monastery and our wonderful physical facilities and
housekeeping crew assisting us in the move.