August 18, 2019 –  TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. Mass Readings:  Jer 38: 4-6, 8-10; Ps 40: 2,3,4,18; Heb 12: 1-4; Lk 12: 49-53

In the Prologue of the Rule of St. Benedict, we read, “Do not be daunted immediately by fear and RUN AWAY from the road that leads to salvation…We shall RUN on the path of God’s commandments…”  Specifically, as in the Second Reading for this Sunday, “…Persevere in RUNNING the race that lies before us.”  When we think of running, we think of the training that is involved in professional running.  Let us train our hearts, our souls in the direction of our path and think of the metaphor of running towards that goal of eternal life.  We ask God to enlighten all those who have begun the school year!  God bless you.  SK

You are invited to celebrate our 10-year anniversary on August 29, 2019, with the celebration of Mass with Fr. Jeffrey Steele, our Chaplain.  Thanks to the many people who have supported our endeavors of living the monastery life in the desert.  Please pray for us.    

Newsletter:  Most of you have received the recent newsletter this month.  To view, click on ourladyofthedesert.

March 25, 2019 – Abbatial Blessing

Mother Hilda Scott osb receives an Abbatial Blessing from Bishop Brian Mascord. PHOTO: Daniel Hopper

Congratulations to Sister Hilda!  We are happy to announce from our Mother House that the nuns of Jamberoo Abbey ask you to please pray for Sr Hilda Scott who has been elected Abbess of their Benedictine community.  The Abbatial Blessing  took place on March 25, 2019, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

Pope Francis Monthly Intention for August 2019                                  Families, Schools of Human Growth
That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human growth.”

MISSION STATEMENT – The Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert is a monastic community of women in the Benedictine tradition.  We profess vows of stability, conversion of life and obedience.  Our primary mission,  is to seek God through a life of prayer, silence and solitude.  Our way of life frees us to give glory and praise to God, intercede through prayer for the needs of the world and hospitality.