Mount Saviour Monastery
Wet. That’s one word to describe our weather for the month. Of the
31 days 22 were either foggy or wet or both. We are well into summer and
our surroundings remain vibrant green with lawnmowers continuously trying
to keep up with the lush growth. The conditions present a challenging scenario
for the haying which has to be done in order to feed the sheep through
the winter; this year being the latest that Br. Bruno has been able to
begin the harvest. Fortunately the weather was perfect for the community
outdoor picnic on the 4th and our simultaneous viewing of the sailplane
competition happening above us. Fr. Scott Detisch has again this year been
our welcomed guest through the month and has generously volunteered his
time as an alternate Chaplain. Fr. Darr Schoenhofen, another of our Chaplains,
who moved into one of our apartments at the end of last month, is still
getting acclimated to his new surroundings as he awaits his move down the
road to St. James after we complete needed maintenance on the house. In
mid-month our community was especially blessed with the final profession
of Br. Michael on the 15th and with the presence of Abbot Anselm of Pluscarden
and Abbot Cuthbert of Farnborough who received his vows. Br. Michael left
the following day for a home visit. Gone fishing. Brs. Antonio and Luke,
who were unable to be with the community last month at the Sisters of St.
Joseph Motherhouse for the joint 90th birthday celebration of Brs. James
and Stephen, were able to spend a day with them on the 22nd, when ice cream
and cake were once again on the menu. Jeffrey Essmanns of New York City
was received as an Oblate on the 23rd, taking the religious name of Anselm
as his patron. Br. Gabriel can be contacted for more information on those
who might be interested in joining our Oblate family. On the 29th the community
was treated to a delicious Vietnamese meal courtesy of two friends of Br.
Savio who came down from Rochester to take over our kitchen for the morning.
The following day we were all treated to another delicious meal of Mexican
fare ably prepared by Br. Antonio. On the 31st Fr. Nathan Munsch of St.
Vincent Archabbey came to visit with us for a few days.
Sunday Aug. 13 2017 Dedication Day Mass 10:00AM
Sunday Sept. 17 After Mass talk at St. Joseph’s lounge by Steve Jacobsen,
"Conflict: What makes it seem so inevitable and what helps. Insights
from the Rule of Saint Benedict and modern conflict theory."
Friday Oct. 13th to Sunday 15th Oblate retreat