Fr. Martin celebrated his 88th birthday on March 9th.
We had planned a celebration at the monastery for him but he was too weak
to leave the Skilled Nursing Care Unit. Later, he was diagnosed with
a severe bacterial infection. On the feast of St. Patrick, Br.
Joseph, a monk in simple vows from Christ in the Desert, arrived to
discern a possible transfer among us. We had a special recreation
for Fr. Patrick Mundy, a retired priest in residence who shares
the priestly functions with Fr. James. Fr. Philip,
a Cistercian monk from Vietnam "on loan" for 2 years arrived with Fr.
Peter Dat. On the fourth Sunday of Lent, we went to Grace Episcopal
Church to sing Vespers, share a meal with the congregation and end the
day with Compline. On March 21st., we celebrated the traditional
feast of St. Benedict. (The picture shows a painting by the late
Fr. Alexis Foyo, osb.) The weather was very mild and the grass
gave plenty of fresh food to the sheep. Unfortunately, a coyote killed
an old ewe, the first victim of the year. Our donkey gave birth to
a lively female baby. We are expecting the first lambs around the
15th of April.
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Damasus Memorial Lecture: May 6th at 10:30 a.m. with guest speaker,
Dedication Day: Aug. 12th, Mass at 10 :00 a.m. followed by a
brunch and musical entertainment.