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“In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”  Every time we begin a prayer, one usually begins the prayer with this short “Sign of the Cross.”  As indicated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “…The sign of the cross strengthens us in temptations and difficulties.” (CCC#2157).  Also, in CCC#234, “…The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…”  Popular interpretation is told by St. Augustine of Hippo about the time the Saint saw a young boy trying to put the ocean in a tiny hole and who responded to St. Augustine that he could never possibly understand the Holy Trinity.  This always has helped me accept the Holy Trinity as it is a mystery, something we cannot understand, but love and accept as one of the doctrines of the Catholic Church. 

Recently, The Saint Leo University community celebrated the achievements of more than 1,300 graduates on Saturday, May 11, 2024, in Florida.  Our Sister Elizabeth Tran received her master’s degree in Theology/Theological Studies, and we are very proud of her achievement.   Sister Mary accompanied Sister Elizabeth.  Congratulations Sister Elizabeth!  

Online Retreats – The Benedictine Nuns of Jamberoo offering online retreats. For more information, please click  “Retreats,” at Jamberoo Abbey.

FINAL PROFESSION:  We are delighted that Sister Stephen made final vows on December 21, 2023, in the presence of our Bishop from Gallup, Bishop James E. Wall. During the Consecration, Bishop James asked Sister Stephen: “Sister Stephen, do you desire to be consecrated to God before all here present and to be recognized in the Church as a sign of Her union with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Most High God? Sister Stephen responded, “Yes, with all my heart I do desire this, in your presence, Bishop James, and before the holy people of God, relying on the mercy of God…”

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for For May 2024: For the formation of religious and seminarians
We pray that religious women and men, and seminarians, grow in their own vocations through their human, pastoral, spiritual and community formation, leading them to be credible witnesses to the Gospel.

Sacra Mysteria Venerari (Click for more information)

An apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist by Bishop James S. Wall, Bishop of the Gallup Diocese.

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.