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September 27, 2010 – As mentioned in our recent newsletter, Sister Therese Gilmour, from Jamberoo Abbey, Australia, has been with us.
Our meeting conferences with Sister Therese began on September 27, 2010, which included topics that she referenced back to the Rule of St. Benedict. The sessions were in the mornings, which included group discussions and input. Encouraged to participate individually, some of the topics included:
Communication and Listening in Monastic Life
Authenticity in Monastic Life
Day-To-Day Community Life
Looking Back and Looking Ahead in Hope
To end our meeting conferences, we had a community celebration and blessing with the recitation of Vespers on October 27, 2010. Mother Benedicta opened the ceremony with a prayer:
O God, You call us to live your way of love through Stability, Obedience and Conversion of Life. May we open our hearts to the gift of peace you offer us, so that we may be healed and strengthened to live in union with you, and in loving and compassionate care of each other in the spirit of our holy father, St. Benedict.
August 15, 2010 – On this Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we also celebrate the 60th Anniversary of vows for Mother Julianne Allen. As most of you know she was a Sister of St. Mary of Namur and in 1990-2005 Abbot Philip Lawrence of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert appointed her as the superior of this community. On February 2, 2005, Mother Julianne transferred her vows to the Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert. Her favorite quote is Be still and know that I am God, taken from Psalm 45 In simplicity and joy I have given all to God.