Mount Saviour Monastery
On July 1st. Maureen Cadley who took care of St. Gertrude's
guesthouse, retired from that post. In February 1999, she had volunteered
to help Madeleva Roarke during her convalescence following surgery
to fuse some vertebrae. After Madeleva's tragic death at the hospital,
she offered to stay at St. Gertrude's for an indefinite period. Joyce
Trifoso, a local friend of the monastery is taking care of the guests
while the monks are evaluating various options to make better use of the
house and reduce losses with that operation. Since the weather on
the 4th of July was questionable, we had an indoor picnic prepared by 2
Vietnamese families from Rochester NY; the menu included spring rolls,
chickenpho,home grown salad,beef roll fried, etc.. On July 7th. Fr.
Don Curtis, a retired priest of the Rochester Diocese, moved into the
Annex. He will help with pastoral care and will substitute at mass
when the Prior is away. On July 12, Bishop of Rochester NY, Salvatore
Matano, presided at the liturgy for the feast of S. Benedict and met
the monks for a friendly chat. On July 19th, Br. Pierre went
to Canada for a family reunion. On July 27, Fr. Philip, Cistercian
and Prior of a new foundation in Vietnam came back to visit for a few days.
On July 30, the community was received by Dr. Joseph and Juliana Calderone
for our annual outing. The next day, Br. Michael went to visit
his family on Long Island. This year, we will not have a "Dedication
Day". Some monks will be absent and many recent activities seem to
dictate a change of pace.
Oblate Retreat: Oct.18-20, 2014. Topic: Reformation of Life.
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