Annual Silent Retreat 6/8-10/2007
A typical day schedule
5:45am Lauds at
7:30am breakfast, meditation, prayer
11:30 Lunch (listen to instrumental music)
12:45-1:45 group discussion/sharing
2:00 None at Genesee/Rev. Fatherís ordination celebration/ Rev. Fatherís conference
& 5:15 Vespers at
6:00 (clean up, study, meditation, walk)
7:15pm Compline Retire, reading, study, etc in grand silence
June 9, 2007 Happy Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ & Rev. Father's 51th Ordination of Priesthood (6/9/56)
We spent three days living together as a small spiritual community of sisters, following the Cistercian way of life, in the New Helfta studio.† The studio apartment is about a seven minute drive from the Genesee Abbey. Daily, we joined the brothers for Lauds, Vespers and Mass, and had our conference with Rev. Father. †We had the privilege to pray for him in person and thank God for his fifty-one years of service to the Church as a good and holy priest.† Congratulations, dear Rev. Father.† Praise the Lord!
It was a wonderful and grace-filled experience for all of us. New Helfta studio was set up like a chapel, except the Eucharist was only present in our hearts. We each had our own choir stall. When we did not join the brothers at
We worked for a few hours each day. We took turns cooking, cleaning up and working in the garden. We had a time slot when we could talk and share our faith, which was good for us because two of our members live far away and the retreat was the only time when we could visit with them in person.
We had time for private
reading and study after supper. We also took advantage of the wonderful weather
and took a walk to
We were at peace and happy being
together as a spiritual group of sisters, of one heart and mind, trying to seek
and love God and one another. One could never share nor describe how wonderful
and edifying she felt from the experience. The photos above help speak of the
peace and the joy we shared together.
May the Spirit of the Lord who brought us together as spiritual sisters, continue to teach and guide us as we assist one another on our way to seek and love him.
Dear Blessed Mother, please intercede for us.† †Amen. †