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News from Wrentham
Monday, September 23, 2013 - 08:22

On September 8, 1013 our Sister Christina Sepe made first vows.  Sr Christina grew up in Wisconsin and had spent a number of years in Massachusetts before entering Mount Saint Mary's Abbey.

Holy Cross Monastic Immersion Weekend
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 06:59

September 15, 2013

Eleven men ranging in ages  from 45-75 move into their last day tomorrow of the Fall Monastic Immersion Weekend.  Last night saw an evening meet and greet q+a with the Abbot and today conferences with Sr. Kathy Ullrich from Our Lady of the Angels and Fr. James from HCA.  Every man attending has enjoyed sitting in choir and immersing themselves in monastic life.  And three are discerning a monastic vocation!

Look for details soon about our Spring men and women’s MIW and fall men only MIW posted on this web site.  And if you want information about the 2014 MIWs that will be scheduled soon, send email to companions@virginiatrappists.org

You can learn more about Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, VA, at their website.

Holy Cross Monastic Immersion Weekend
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 06:58

September 15, 2013

Eleven men ranging in ages  from 45-75 move into their last day tomorrow of the Fall Monastic Immersion Weekend.  Last night saw an evening meet and greet q+a with the Abbot and today conferences with Sr. Kathy Ullrich from Our Lady of the Angels and Fr. James from HCA.  Every man attending has enjoyed sitting in choir and immersing themselves in monastic life.  And three are discerning a monastic vocation!

Look for details soon about our Spring men and women’s MIW and fall men only MIW posted on this web site.  And if you want information about the 2014 MIWs that will be scheduled soon, send email to companions@virginiatrappists.org

You can learn more about Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, VA, at their website.

Redwoods turns 51!
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 07:28

Last year Redwoods monastery celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding. Here is last year's newsletter that tells about its history.

Now in 2013, we can say "Happy 51st birthday, Redwoods!"

Mepkin will open new Retreat Center and Chapel
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 07:02

The monks at Mepkin Abbey are in the midst of constructing the Francis Kline Retreat Center.   The new Retreat Center, which will replace all of the existing guest houses, will have sixteen private rooms with private baths (two being handicapped accessible with an adjoining room in each case for a care giver), a library, offices for the Guestmaster and Spiritual Director, and a room for counseling/confession.

News from Our Lady of the Mississippi
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 10:04

On the feast of the Assumption our postulant Mary Hastie received the habit of a Cistercian nun and became a novice. Mary has a great devotion to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and took the name Sr. Mary Thérèse. Sr. Mary Thérèse is a native of North Central Iowa and worked in health care before entering Mississippi Abbey.

In the photo are Sr. Kathleen, the novice director, Sr. Mary Thérèse, and Mother Rebecca.

News from Genesee
Monday, August 12, 2013 - 10:00

Fr. James Oropel, OCSO, Novice of our monastery of Our Lady of Atlas in Midelt, Morocco, spoke to us about the current state of the Atlas community, the surviving community of Our Lady of Atlas originally of Tibhirine in Algeria that was disbanded by a terrorist attack back in March of 1996. In May of that same year the bodies of seven of the nine members were found. The community is being refounded in Morocco with the hope of returning to Tibhirine someday where the monastery remains intact awaiting their return.

There is a brief history of the community on the Order’s web site at Our Lady of Atlas and their web site (in French) can be found at The Monks of Tibhirine. It is interesting to note that two of the original Atlas community survived the 1996 massacre one of whom, Fr. Jean Pierre Schumacher, nearly 90 years, old is still alive and well.

Many of your may be familiar with the Atlas story from the movie Of Gods and Men available in DVD and Bluetooth format.

Fr. James is an American citizen from the Philippines ordained as a priest for the San Bernardino diocese in southern California six years ago. Feeling a call to monastic life and to the community of Atlas in particular he entered there some six months ago and received the novice habit this past July 11th, Feast of St. Benedict.

Since at the present time the community is not able to form new members adequately it was decided that he and one other novice be sent to larger communities with a viable formation program. Fr. James came to Genesee for one year of monastic formation during which he will follow our novitiate program while his fellow novice went to Citeaux in France. At the end of the year they will return to Atlas for their canonical novitiate.

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