Thanksgiving 2017

Dear Friends,

PAX CHRISTI. On behalf of all the sisters of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert, we are grateful and appreciate all of you who support our community in so many ways. To mention a few:

Those who hold us in prayer
The many visitors and guests
Our neighbors
Those who ask for prayers by telephone or via Internet
For those who gift us with food and flowers
Those who maintain our garbage bins
For those who fill our propane tanks
The volunteers who always help us with a smile
The physicians volunteer their service
US Post Offices
The workers who help keep up the maintenance of our buildings         For the many gift donations
For those who forgive us for whatever wrong we do
To those who encourage us in our monastic way of life
We ask God to bless all our Chaplains.  During the upcoming Holy Days of November and December, we hold you and your dear ones in our prayers. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)                                                                                                                                                         Thank you and God bless you!
Sister Hilda Tuyuc, OSB, Prioress

Our Retreat Master, Fr. Caedman, and our community. S. Julianne not in the picture.

This past week, October 1-7, 2017,  our community has been on retreat with Fr. Caedman Holmes, from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert.  He has given us talks on the Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux.   From her words, “I feel that my mission is only beginning; my mission to make the good God loved as I love Him, to give my little way to souls.”  God bless you!  SK

Recent celebration for the occasion of young Chaplain, Father Jeffrey Steele’s birthday!  Shown in the picture are Sister Stephen and Sister Mary

Beatification of Fr. Stanley Rother Sep 23, 2017

Father Stanley Rother, the Oklahoma-born martyr who served as a priest in Guatemala, was Beatified in Oklahoma City on September 23, 2017.  Our Prioress Hilda and Sister Kateri were blessed to attend the Beatification accompanied by Fr. Josh Mayer, Pastor of St. Mary’s/St. Rose of Lima Parishes.

Prioress Hilda venerating a relic of Blessed Stanley Rother.

“In early 1981, his name was on a death list, so he returned to Oklahoma and was warned not to go back to Guatemala.  But he could not abandon his people so he went back, and made the ultimate sacrifice for his faith.”  You might want to read more about Blessed Father Stanley Rother 


Newsletter, Sept 2017

NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2017 “Let us then pursue what leads to peace and to building up one another.”  In this quote from Romans 14, verse 19, we internalize ways of being in harmony with the other, trying to see the good in the other, seeing the ways that we can help the other.   

We give thanks to God for all His graces and gifts, and ask Our Lord to continue giving you peace and good health.  We appreciate all the prayer requests that come through our website.

New Novice Jul 20, 2017

RITE FOR THE RECEPTION OF NOVICES – July 10, 2017 – At 5 pm, we formally received Sister Mercy Hoang, into the Novitiate, for one year of canonical study.  We opened the celebration with a prayer to St. Benedict.  Sister Mercy formally asked Prioress Hilda for the mercy of God and a sharing in our monastic way of life.From the Rule of St. Benedict, “If you are ready to give up your own will, once and for all, and armed with the strong and noble weapons of obedience to do battle for the true King, Christ the Lord…”

St. Rose of Lima Fiesta & Newsletter Jul/Aug 2017

Sisters Kateri and Mercy with Fiesta Queen, Genevieve and Sister Sarah

St. Rose of Lima Fiesta, August 20, 2017 – Sister Mercy and Sister Kateri went to the Fiesta Mass, followed by a beautiful procession, lunch, auction, various activities, and a special Raffle drawing (proceeds going to our monastery).  We are grateful to Father Jim Walker, retired Pastor, and all the parishioners of St. Mary and St. Rose of Lima Parishes, who kindly sponsored the Raffle: “Northeast Shrines and Canada Tour Package for two, October 9-17, 2017, a nine-day North American tour from Washington, D.C, to Montreal and Toronto, then to Niagra Falls…”   The winner of the Raffle went to someone in La Vita, New Mexico.   Thank you for all who participated!  They raised a total of $7,213.00.  We hope to put up a porch in the St. Walburga modular building.

August 16, 2017, Sister Mary Fisher drove to Albuquerque, to pick up our Chaplain, Father Jeffrey Steele, traveling from St. Benedict’s Abbey, in South Africa.  We are happy to welcome him again, as he was with us before from April-June 2016.  He recently had a bout with vertigo, but he is doing much better.

On July 10, 2017, we formally received Sister Mercy Hoang, into the Novitiate, for one year of canonical study.  We opened the celebration with a prayer to St. Benedict.  Sister Mercy received the white veil and we asked for the mercy of God in the sharing of our monastic way of life.  – Prioress Hilda had surgery to remove the fibroid tumors, July 5th.  She is progressing very well, but still needs to rest often.  God willing, she will visit her family in Guatemala, in November.  According to our Customary, the sisters can visit their families for one month every three years.  – Sister Benedicta is currently doing much better with medication to help stabilize her condition; the sisters take turns in helping her with appointments, medications, etc.  – We ask your prayers for Sister Julianne who will have out-patient surgery to correct the carpel tunnel syndrome of her right wrist.  In October, she will be giving a workshop to some of the parishioners of St. Mary’s Parish, Farmington, NM. – Sister Mary will be doing a private retreat for eight days at the St. Andrews Abbey, in Valyermo, California.  From August 13-23, 2017, Sister Stephen Phiri had the opportunity of being a guest of the St. Walburga Abbey, Virginia Dale, Colorado, for about one week, learning more about lectio divinaand the Divine Office. We appreciate all the efforts of Mother Maria-Michael, OSB, Sister Ancilla, and all the members of the community to make this happen.  – The rest of the sisters are doing fine, living the day-to-day monastic schedule.

If you have any special prayer requests, please let us know.  We ask for your prayers, as the sisters will be on their yearly retreat, the first week of October.  May Our Lord bless you and your loved ones, and we especially pray for all students as they have begun their new school terms.  God bless you!