Mount Saviour Monastery
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.
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
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
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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