Please read the article about our monastery that was featured in the Boston Pilot within their special supplement on National Catholic Sisters Week on March 9, 2018. See page 7.
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This devotion was a favorite of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.
On February 2nd, the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus. It is also known as Candlemas day, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today’s liturgy.
Also, on this day the Church celebrates the World Day for Consecrated Life.
We recently welcomed an aspirant, Juliana, to our community who has never seen snow. As part of the welcome, one of the sisters put on a little skit by playing the role of Hildegard. It brought much joy to all and a true Franciscan welcome to Juliana.
Our choir director, Jim, brought his family to sing some seasonal hymns for us at the entrance of our guest chapel.
On November 21st, the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple, the Catholic Church will celebrate World Day of Cloistered Life. The title for this day is the Latin phase, “Pro Orantibus” Day, which means “for those who pray.” It is an important for all Catholics to appreciate the hidden lives of consecrated religious in cloisters and monasteries.
Many graces come to the world through the prayerful intercession and sacrificial lives of contemplative religious. Their manner of living reflects the life of Christ who sought times of solitude and silence to pray to the Father. The faithful should reach out to the cloistered and contemplative communities in their area through prayer and support.
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At the end of November, the entire Franciscan Order will observe the feast of All Franciscan Saints on November 29th. The date is observed since on this date in 1223 Pope Honorius III gave the final approval of the rule of St. Francis that he gave to the Friars Minor.
May we ask the intercession of these saints so as to follow in their footsteps in the way of holiness.