Mount saviour Monastery

January 2015
Knitters' retreat 2015
 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.

Coming Events:
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 Merton Society
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.