to all our
oblates and friends. The season of
Advent has arrived. It is time to make a new beginning, a fresh start
I am hoping to accomplish which I failed to do last spring. As a result
many people did not know the date of
Day in August and were disappointed. I am very sorry about that. It
on Sunday, August 16th and we had a full house, thanks be to God! The church was full for the Eucharist wherein
we thanked God for his goodness and love for us during the past year
years. It was a pleasant day; not too
hot ,as sometimes is the case. The
afternoon musical event was delightful.
Clare Smock and her friend, Jamie, played our two pianos together with
brilliant skill and enthusiasm for more than an hour to the
appreciation of all
and a standing ovation! Our thanks and
appreciation to them for such a pleasant contribution to our
celebration. So, I am behind schedule with
our news report
unless you have checked our web site which Br. Pierre updates each
month. Christmas and the Mystery of the
were the highlight of the season, of course, and many guests came
time. We had some illness namely Br.
Uiting who came down with Parkinson's Disease but after a few months of
he was able to return home and gets around with a walker to most of
are doing. Father Martin, now in retirement after 38 years of tending
and all its needs, is away resting and recuperating. He is 85 now and
slow down a bit. After a couple of falls which agitated some older back
injuries, he needed a good rest and some
physio-therapy which is helping a great deal.January brought sad news
death of Helen Siegl, a long time oblate, friend and renowned artist
peacefully ended her journey through this life on the 26th. Many
her family and us for her funeral Mass on Feb. 7th.
In March another friend and unforgetable
presence at M.S. died also, Uli Schiefer at age 93. She assisted us at
Gertrude's guest house for many years with her cheerful and witty
After our annual ecumenical visit to Grace Church on Laetare Sunday for
and Compline, Lent continued on into Holy Week when on Good Friday
Brother John Brown was called into the next life having suffered for
with Leukemia; and, was buried here in the community cemetery. Many
remember him as one of the earliest members of M.S. during the "growing
pains" of the foundation.
Our most joyful event was the solemn profession of Brother Thomas Colucci on Pentecost, May 31st. This took place during Mass with all the monks and the Colucci family and friends and oblates and with a reception afterwards. In the Fall, shortly afterwards, we sent him off to Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pa. to begin studies for the priesthood at their seminary which he is enjoying. During July and August this summer both Br. Pierre and Fr. James had cataracts removed from both eyes at Guthrie Clinic. The first discovery for both of us was that all colors were clearer and brighter than before.
Back to Spring: after the climax of
the Liturgical Year i.e.
the Paschal Vigil, 4/12, 4:30am to 8:00am and the festive breakfast for
that followed it. Then came the birthing of the new lambs.
Br. Pierre, our shepherd, became very busy at
his maternity ward set in the barn. One
of the most pleasant scenes then appears on the fresh green grass of
hillside pasture, i.e. from a distance, namely the road descending the
hill one sees an increasing number of
large white dots accompanied by two small white dots spreading out
whole area.!! Next on May 3rd, the
Damasus Winzen Lecture, an annual event commemorating our beloved
founder. This year the lecture was given
by Sr. Judith
Kubicki C.S.S.F. Theologian-Liturgist from Fordham University and her
"The Presence of Christ in the Gathered Assembly"which was well
received and appreciated as was the lively discussion which followed.
lecture, May 2nd will be given by Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, professor of
theology at the University of Toledo.
Our community retreat was given by Fr. Dale Launderville of St.
Abbey and was greatly appreciated.September saw the arrival of the
members of the first group of oblates which gathered around Fr. Damasus
York City back in the early 1950's, headed by Douglas & Marie
Gravel, for a
weekend of retreat. In October the 8th annual meeting of the Emmaus
on Columbus Day weekend and was an exceptionally fine program. Finally,
forget again, Dedication Day in 2010 will be on August 15th, feast of
Assumption of Our Lady. The general rule
is to have it on the Sunday nearest the feast of the Assumption. This
therefore on the very day itself.
This chronicle may reach
you at about the middle of Advent, "Gaudete" or Rejoice and Be Glad
Sunday when the theme begins to shift from the final Coming of the
Glorious Lord to the first coming of the Word in human flesh,
called by St. Athanasius, the greatest act of God outside the Trinity.
a gift exceeds our comprehension and
capacity to articulate it. We need the
final coming , our own divinisation, to help us grasp something of its
Before closing, I would like to tell about a very special event which took place Nov. 19. This was a great celebration at Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe Pa. which I was invited to attend. This is the mother-house of the American Cassinese Benedictine Congregation. It is the one to which we belong founded in 1846 from the Abbey of Metten in Germany. The founder was the pioneering Fr. Boniface Wimmer who became Archabbot of a rapidly growing and expanding community of monasteries throughout this country,Canada, Central and South America as well as Taiwan and Japan. The celebration was in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of this great man and in thanksgiving for his inspiration and tremendous zeal which has benefited so many people in so many places. The present successor of Archabbot Boniface at St. Vincent is Archabbot Douglas Nowicki who with his whole community prepared this marvelous celebration to honor and revere their beloved founder. Many dignitaries attended; especially, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia who presided at the solemn celebration of the Eucharist in the great basilica, local bishops, abbots of the houses and priors( even I was invited to represent Mount Saviour!), ecumenical guests and hundreds of the faithful. It was my first visit to this large monastery and I was much impressed by its exquisite Benedictine hospitality and dedication to the ideals and ideas of their esteemed founder.
May the Advent and Christmas seasons be cause and occasion of many blessings and joy for all of you.
James Cronen, osb
ORCHARD AND GARDEN 2009
From the garden we are still enjoying the over 400 lbs. of
winter squash. We also continue to eat our way through 266 lbs. of
all from just the 5lbs. planted, for a ratio of better than 50:1!
didn’t have as many tomatoes as usual we were fortunate to have them at
many gardeners in our area and along the East coast lost theirs to
Thanks to a mild November many much needed clean up and preparation
completed including orchard site preparation for newer, more popular
of fruit trees soon to be ordered.
For the past 12 years, we kept adding new features to our web site, www.msaviour.org The most popular links are:
Archives: Showing the previous Chronicles and the monthly news.
Donation: Credit cards can be used to make donations on our secure server.
Guest Brochure: To find details about the guest houses.
Search: A search engine that scans all our pages.
Vocations: To find the requirements and procedures for monastic vocations.
| Please remember us in prayer and, if
also in your estate planning and will. Our legal title is -
The Benedictine Foundation of New York State.
Mount Saviour Monastery
231 Monastery Rd.
Pine City NY 14871-9787
Phone: (607) 734-1688
Fax: (607) 734-1689