Crucifix in the Crypt Mount Saviour Monastery

September 2002

Triumph of the Cross:
In the Rule of St. Benedict, the monastic fast begins with this feast.  At Mount Saviour, meat is limited to three times a week and, on Wednesday and Friday, there is no desert.  This feast occurs nearly six month after the Pascal Triduum and the liturgy uses hymns and texts of Lent.  It is a reminder that death and resurrection are two inseparable Christian beliefs.  

Br. André & Rodrigo Monks from Christ in the Desert:
This month, Br. André and Br. Rodrigo returned to their monastery after helping with the guest reservations, the orchard work and the regular monastic chores.  They were replaced by two other confreres: Br. Francis and Br. Jude who just made solemn profession.  This arrangement allows them to experience  monastic life in the monastery that gave birth to their foundation and to supplement help to our community.

On Sept. 18th, Fr. Martin went in New York City for the Oblate meeting.  On Sunday, Sept. 22nd. we were invited by Rick and Richard Canali for a private and festive dinner at their restaurant.  The place is closed on Sunday and they  graciously gave us more than a taste for Italian cuisine.  It replaced our annual outing when the community can relax and enjoy a special day.

Br. Sebastian (Jack l.) Maher, 1917-2002: R.I.P
On Sunday, Sept. 29th, Br. Sabastian was found dead in his room.  Some years ago, he had a quadruple by-pass and, lately, he was diabetic.  His cardiac condition needed  some attention and he was confined to a wheel chair.  He enjoyed relating his war stories and was most patriotic.  Born on November 17, 1917  in Philadelphia, He grew up in New Jersey before joining the US Army in 1942.  As a 2nd. Lieutenant with the 39th Combat Team, he was wounded in the attack on El Guettar, Algiers.  After months of recuperation, he returned to general duty.  In June of 1944, he was seriously injured and lost one eye.  Br. Sebastian was awarded numerous medals for his duty in Africa and Europe.  For several years, he worked in New Jersey for the state Department of Veterans' Service and for the Attorney General's office.  Br. Sebastian arrived at Mount Saviour in 1963 and became a Regular Oblate in 1967.  He worked in the guest house until 1969 and then was in charge of the business office until his retirement.  Visiting hours on Tuesday,  Oct. 1st.. between 2:00 p.m.and 4:00.  The evening calling hours will start with Vespers at 6:30 p.m. and end with a prayer service at 8:15.  The funeral mass will be on Wednesday, Oct. 2nd. at 9:00 a.m.

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