Mount saviour Monastery
The new year begins with many liturgical feasts and we keep our
Christmas decorations until the the Feast of Epiphany. For the Martin
Luther week-end, more than thirty knitters came from as far as Colorado
to participate in the 12th annual Knitters' Retreat held each January.
They came for a time of rest, renewal, relaxation, and sharing of ideas.
Friday evening when most arrived, felt like a homecoming for those that
come yearly. New knitters had the opportunity to receive instructions from
more seasoned knitters. Along with scheduled group meals and activities,
there was opportunity for walks, silence, prayer, discussion.
This year participants received instruction on how to finish their
knitted garments. They were also able to practice Japanese braiding
for making cords. A chair yoga session encouraged singing and
movement. Br. Pierre demonstrated how to weave using an inkle
loom. And many items were made for the gift shop.
Sunday dinner with the monks as guests was enjoyed by all.
Many of the knitters expressed their gratitude for the gift of hospitality
and are looking forward to next year's retreat.
We were very pleased with the turnout for Sr. Mary Donald's talk on
Merton in December Two more lectures are planned during the year
for the Consecrated Life:
Sunday, March 22nd - Dr. Michael Higgins
Sunday, October 25th - Fr. Dan Horan
Both men are on the Board of Directors of the International Thomas
and have superlative credentials. Both have written extensively
about Merton. We
are in for a real treat. No one will be disappointed. Please
spread the word about
this golden opportunity for our community.