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.
To continue to develop the collaboration between the women’s communities and the Benedictine Confederation.
To bring significant concerns of Benedictine women to the attention of the Confederation, the Synod of Presidents and the Congress of Abbots.
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
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: â€œLord 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.Â The procession from our small Chapel to the St. Joseph Center was very special.Â 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.”Â Congratulations, Sister Mercy!