Mount Saviour Moanstery

March 2007

On March 3rd, Abbot President of the Cassinese Congregation, Timothy Kelly and Abbot Melvin Valvano arrived to conduct the regular canonical visitation. "Visitation is the personal evaluation of a monastery by authorized representatives of the Congregation in order to assess monastic life and observance, to stimulate growth, to aid in the correction of deficiencies, and to assist the local community in the solution of any problems."  This event occurs every four years or more often if need be.
On March 16th, we had our only second snow storm of the winter.  On the fourth Sunday of Lent, we continued our custom of singing Vespers at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira.  We shared a meal and ideas with our hosts and some of the friends of the monastery joined us for the event.
Reception at Grace Episcopal Church

During the month of March, The Friends of Mount Saviour are studying the book Called to Participate by Mark Searle.  Each Sunday, a guest lecturer makes a presentation to enable fruitful discussions.  Fr. Martin, Rev. Han van dne Blink and Dr. Patricia Schoelles, ssj,  will be followed by John Boler in April.
Sr. Patricia Shoelles
Dr. Patricia Schoelles, ssj, president of St. Bernard's Institute.

Coming Events:
Holy Week 2007:
Holy Thursday, mass of the Lord's Supper at 5:00 p.m.
Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord's Passion: 3:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday: Paschal Vigil + mass: 4:45 a.m.
 (No 9:00 a.m. mass on Easter Sunday)

The video, The Everyday, the Benedictine Life at Mount Saviour Monastery will air on Thursday, April 5th at 8 p.m. on WSKG TV.

Lambing Season:
We expect our first lambs around the 15th of April.

What is Contemplative Prayer? A presentation by Fr. Carl J. Arico, priest of the Archdiocese of Newark and author of "A Taste of Silence". On Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.  For registration, contact Deacon George Welch at (607) 733-6541

5th Annual Damasus Winzen Memorial Lecture by Sr. Mary Collins OSB
Topic: Faith and Worship.  Sunday May 6th 2007 at 4:00 p.m. followed by Vespers, reception with light refreshments and Compline.

Radical Encounters: Finding and Forming Community in the 21st Century --2007
is a 3 credit undergraduate course on RELIGION and COMMUNITY with a 9 day residency at Mt. Saviour Monastery, Elmira, New York from Monday, May 28 (evening) thru Thursday, June 7, 2007 (noon). Faculty Coordinators: Gail Mandell, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame IN <>; Mary Skinner, Empire State College <>  and Trude de Jong, Elmira College .
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Summer Experience, July 1 - July 31
A four-week experience in a Catholic Benedictine monastery that draws participants – through prayer, community life, work and study – into a world of relationships and networks that reveal God.
 An experience for men ages 20-35

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