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.”
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…”
On July 11, 2018, we had the Solemnity of St. Benedict of Nursia and the Profession of Simple Monastic Vows of Sister Mercy. The procession from our small Chapel to the St. Joseph Center was very special. We thank those who attended.
Prioress Hilda invoked these words, “Through a faith-filled response to the love and holiness of Christ at work in her community, and to the mysterious prompting of the Spirit in her own heart, may the Father evoke the love and holiness of Christ in Sister Mercy.” Congratulations, Sister Mercy!
November 17, 2018 – Today, Bishop James Wall, Gallup Diocese, received the 1st vows of our Sister Stephen. It was a very joyous day and we thank all those who helped make this day a very blessed one. We especially thank our workers who diligently worked to finish the remodeling of our porch into a Chapel. We had about 100 guests.
In her Chart of Profession, Sister Stephen read, “…in response to Christ’s call and preferring nothing to his love, promise Stability, Conversion of Life and Obedience, according to the Rule of Our Holy Father Benedict and the Constitutions of the Abbey of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple for three years. With my whole heart and relying on the grace of the Holy Spirit, the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the support of my community, I offer myself to God to seek the fullness of love in his service and that of the Church through the ministry of prayer and worship.”
October 27, 2018 – Thanks to the group of Confirmation students who spent the day with us in service and prayer, from St. Mary’s Parish, in Bloomfield. The jobs included washing windows, remodeling the dog house, library cataloging, and yard work. Three of our sisters shared their stories about why they chose their names as a religious.