Mount Saviour Monastery

May 2001

Sr. Virginia's Choir

The Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus:
On Sunday, May 6th, a concert conducted by Sr. Virginia Hogan ssj, was presented at the Clemens Center in Elmira in honor of our 50th anniversary.  The monks sang the office of None before the concert.  Sr. Virginia comes periodically from Rochester NY to give us some advice to improve our singing.  She founded the orchestra 25 years ago and presented a variety of musical pieces.  The finale was the TE DEUM by Dvorak.  On October 7th, the choral group Amor Artis, conducted by Johannes Somary will perform in the same hall as part of this year celebration.

The local newspaper, the Star-Gazette, featured a short article on our black sheep and Br. Pierre for the first Sunday in May, the Good Shepherd Sunday.  The candidates for the diaconate from the New York diocese were here for their retreat before their ordination.  On May 13th, Fr. Martin went to Regina Laudis for the blessing of the new Abbess; Fr. Damasus was their chaplain in the late 1940s.  We sent our our Dedication Day letter which is at the same time our annual appeal stating the future projects.  On May 26th, many families were here for the shearing session.  With 2 shearers at work and the many volunteers, 171 sheep were done between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Rev. Matthews & Bishop GriswaldThe Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA, Frank T. Griswold:
On Thursday, May 31st .the former co-chair of Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue and currently co-chair of Anglican-Roman Catholic International Consultation gave a lecture on the influence of Mount Saviour Monastery and the rule of St. Benedict.  He has been a frequent visitor to Mt. Saviour and related interesting anecdotes with meaningful connections to the Bible.  A large representation of the Episcopalian clergy of the area was present.  After his lecture, the monks sang Compline and some refreshments were served by the members of the Grace Episcopal Church of Elmira.  The picture shows the Rev. Donald W. Matthews, rector of Grace Church, with his wifwe and twin daughters, and Bishop Griswald.

Coming Events:
Sunday, June 10th at 4:30pm, Abbot Timothy Kelly, OSB.  He is Abbot at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN. St. John's is currently the largest Benedictine community in the world and has been in the forefront of the liturgical movement in the United States. Fr. Kelly will speak on the role of the arts in monastic life.
Sunday, June 24th at 4:30pm, Professor Brian Tierney.  He is an emeritus Professor of History at Cornell.  His books include: "The Crisis of Church and State, 1050-1300," The Idea of Natural Rights: Studies of Natural Rights, Natural Law and Church Law, 1150-1625," and  "Great Issues in Western
Civilization: From Louis XIV Through the Cold War."

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