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Christmas Newsletter 2019

NEWSLETTER OF DECEMBER 1, 2019                                                        Dear Friends, “When the Church celebrates the Liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for this second coming.  By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself  to His desire:  “He must increase, but I must decrease.”  [Jn 3:30] (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #524) – We ask God to bless you during this Advent season with continued faith, in preparation for the birthday of Our Savior.  As St. Benedict reminds us about the truth of our existence in the daily occurrences of life.  We recognize each moment is that journey.  Let us see God in others, let us seek peace within ourselves, maintaining mindfulness of God in all things, especially prayer.

We give thanks for this past year, celebrating ten years of being in Gobernador, NM.  It has been challenging, but joyful in continuing our monastic life.  Thanks to each of you for all that you do for us in building up our monastery:  Your prayers, your in-kind services, friendship and gifts.  We are most grateful for those of you who participated in the June Ice Cream Social.  Sister Julianne was admitted to the hospital with a serious UTI but is fine now.  Our Sister Benedicta had a small stroke that affected her left hand only, but she is recovering and going to physical therapy.  In September, Sister Frances was able to attend a Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB) meeting in Mexico for one week.  This organization promotes mutual support and exchange of ideas and experience among Benedictine women, fostering the development of monasticism.   Sister Hilda and Sister Kateri were invited to attend a meeting of the Subiaco Congregation, English Province meeting in Spain for seven days as an opportunity of exchanging mutual support between Superiors and delegates.  Our retreat of course was one of rest with conferences given by Sister Ancilla from St. Walburga Abbey, Colorado.   There has been much work done in getting the St. Scholastica modular ready.  Ernest, Tommy and Arturo, have worked diligently knocking down walls, hooking up the electricity, making sure the outside of the building was stuccoed for weather purposes.   

Giver of all gifts, you have made many promises to those who love you.  As I await the birthday of your greatest promise, your own Son, help me to see the many ways in which He comes into our world and the many ways in which I can find Him today.  Open my eyes and my heart to the graces of this Advent season so that I may prosper in goodness and holiness.  by Judith Sutera, OSB,“Advent and Christmas,” Liguori Publications © 2010

Sept 7-14, 2019 – CIB

CIB, September 7-14, Mexico – Sister Frances represented the Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert, as a guest, at the Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB) – 2019 Conference Meeting September 7-14, in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  The purpose of the CIB is:  1.  To promote mutual support and exchange of ideas and experience among Benedictine women on an international level and to foster the development of monasticism for women.

  1. To continue to develop the collaboration between the women’s communities and the Benedictine Confederation.
  2. To bring significant concerns of Benedictine women to the attention of the Confederation, the Synod of Presidents and the Congress of Abbots.

March 25, 2019 – Abbatial Blessing

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

Aug 29, 2019-10 Yr Anniv

August 29, 2019 – This day was special for our community as we had a special celebration of Mass to celebrate ten years of being in Gobernador, NM.  It was a festive day with 100 guests.  We give thanks to God for all those who have supported our way of life in so many ways.  God bless you! SK

New Novice- Feb 11, 2019

February 9, 2019 – Please welcome our new Novice, Sister Scholastica.  We celebrated the Rite for the Reception of the white veil at 5 pm, Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the St. Joseph Center.  The final prayer by Prioress Hilda: “Lord Jesus, now as always, you call disciples to follow you.  We pray for Sister Scholastica.  May the bond of our love support her, may she live this life with us in single-hearted love, in simplicity and in peace, and day by day recognize your call as expressing your love, for you live and reign forever.”

New Junior, Dec 24, 2018

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018 – Our Sister Maria has entered the first stage of Transfer for the probationary period of eighteen months.  Please pray for her.  She is a delight and brings many gifts to our community.  During the ceremony, Sister Maria asks for, “The mercy of God and a sharing in your community.”  Prioress Hilda responds, “You have come here to seek God and Saint Benedict offers you his Rule to help you…”