This past week was rich in happy events. We started off on Sunday afternoon with the clothing of The Rev. Peter Pearson as a novice at Vespers. He can now be properly referred to as Br. Peter. It is a simple and moving ceremony in which a monastic habit is blessed and offered to the new brother. He retires with his Novice Master to the sacristy to let go of the black cassock he wore during his postulancy and be vested in his monastic habit. He returns to be blessed by the Superior and embraced by his brothers. And then the usual order of Vespers follows as usual. Please keep Peter in your prayers as he pursues his monastic vocation in the noviciate.
|From top, clockwise, Br. Bernard looks on as Br. Robert James, our Superior,|
and Br. Bob, our Novice Master help Br. Peter straighten his scapular;
Br. Peter just vested in his monastic habit; Postulant Peter receiving his habit.
|The Examination of the candidate. Br. Aidan, Bishop Andy Dietsche and Br. Joseph|
|Setting the table. Serving the people. From left, clockwise, Br. Aidan and Bishop Dietsche preparing the offering.|
Br. Aidan administering the chalice. A happy deacon!
On Saturday, we received Daniel Crocker as an Associate. Daniel has long been a frequent visitor and supportive friend of the community. This time, Daniel brought his partner Bill Snyder with him to discover the monastery. We love it when you bring family and friends to experience one of your favorite places!
This weekend, I led a retreat called "Introduction to Centering Prayer." It was my first Intro to CP and it went very well with 18 people in attendance, amongst whom many Associates and a couple Associate Probationers. Our next Centering Prayer Retreat is scheduled for Tuesday,
February 6 – Friday, February 9. It will be led by Leslee Anne Terpay. We will offer the Intro to CP again next year.