On December 3rd. Sr. Marie Julianne
Farrington, former general of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur
an account of her experience in Rwanda during the massacre. Her
community has many houses in that country and the reconciliation is not
easy to achieve. On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Fr.
Martin went to New York city for the Oblates' meeting. The
retreat for lay people was well attended in spite of the busy and
hectic time time leading to Christmas. During the night of the
20th, we had a power outage while the temperature was -11 F.
Fortunately, we were able to start one tractor to run the generator and
maintain some heat in the place. On Christmas eve, we had the
blessing of the Crêche, designed by our friend, Doug Cummings. On Dec. 26th,
some members of the Servants of the
Word from Michigan arrived for days of retreat and shared their
skills in many projects. For the feast
of the Holy Innocents, we have the custom of singing Christmas carols
with all our guests. Br. Pierre
made a quick trip to Canada to attend the funeral service of a
sister-in-law. At the end of the month, a new septic system
was connected behind the monastery. The system eliminates
the pumps and other mechanical devices that became problematic during a
The septic system under construction
Monthly Meetings of the Friends of
Brueggemann, "The Bible Makes Sense".
Raymond Brown, "Risen Christ Easter time.
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