Mount Saviour MonasteryBr. John Brown

April 2009
Br. John Brown died on Good Friday, April 10, 2009 at West Chester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York.  Brother John was a graduate of the Benedictine High School conducted by St. Paul's Abbey in Newton, NJ. After high school he came to the newly founded monastery of Mount Saviour, becoming one of its first members, on September 15, 1951. He was the first monk to make Solemn Profession (final vows) at Mount Saviour on January 6, 1956. Brother John was a valuable asset to Reverend Father Damasus Winzen, the first superior, and made a significant contribution to the development of the new monastery. He had an outgoing, engaging personality and befriended the neighbors and many people in the Elmira community. He was energetic, with an unlimited enthusiasm and a positive attitude for whatever he was doing. Brother John was involved in building construction and farm management while at the monastery. In 1980 he left the monastery and eventually resided in Montgomery, NY where, later on, he contracted the illness that claimed his life. During his time outside the monastery, Brother John continued to live his life as a Benedictine monk, keeping up the devotional practices he had learned; in his heart and soul he never left the monastery. He is survived by a sister, Mary Ann Basile, 2 brothers, John and Cornelius, 2 nieces, 8 nephews, 16 grandnieces and nephews, and his long-time friend, Tom O'Neil. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Brown. For the convenience of his family, a Requiem Mass was scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Mount Saviour Monastery.
    On April 1st., Br. William returned from Bethany Nursing Home where he received helpful therapy to cope with his illness.  The regular lambing season began on April 15 and by the end of the month we had 175 new lambs in our fields with more to come.  We had beautiful weather reaching 92 degrees to make the grass grow and save on heating fuel.

For Sale:
Sicilian donkeys raised with sheep with excellent disposition.
1 male, 8 months old. $200.00
1 male 3 years old, $300.00
Contact Br. Pierre for more information.

Coming Events:
Shearing Day: Saturday, May 23rd, from 8:30 a.m. until done.  Mass will be combined with Lauds at 7:00 a.m.

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