Black SheepMount Saviour Monastery

May 2007

The lambing season ended with a surprise: one ewe had a black lamb and a white one.  It is a phenomenon that seems to occur every 5 years. 
It was a good season as 136 ewes gave birth to 218 healthy lambs.  I the middle of May,  the lambs receive a vaccine and at shearing  time, on May 26th, they received a second shot.  A guest took pictures and commented on Shearing Day.  On May 2nd., the community received a course on CPR and the use of a defribillator.  We are prepared for emergencies and hope that we are spared from such a challenge.  On May 6th, Sr. Mary Collins gave a presentation for the 5th Annual Damasus Memorial Lecture.  Her topic on Faith and Worship interested the participants: friends of the monastery, some Trappist monks and some Dominican nuns from Elmira.  Our honey production will be affected this year due to the visit of a bear that tipped over many bee boxes.  They had to be moved to a more secure location.

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
N.B. We lost the e-mail of a correspondant, please, write again.

Dedication Day will be Sunday, August 12 with Mass at 10 AM followed by a brunch and then music in the Chapter Room around 12:30 P.M.  This is a special occasion when we thank God that we are here and thank all the people who have helped us be here.  We invite you to join us in thanking God for the blessings you have received especially in the past year.

Emmaus Experience VI, and ecumenical conference for lay people, will take place at Mount Saviour Monastery from late afternoon on Friday October 5, 2007 through noon on Monday, October 8, 2007.  This year's theme is: "The Parable of the Prodigal Son: Stories of Forgiveness, Healing and Reconciliation."  Interested participants can reserve a space by obtaining materials from Mary Ann Cleary whose email address is  Cost varies for day and boarding participants and includes all meals.

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