Sister Kathleen Marie and I are headed to Annunciation Monastery in Bismark, North Dakota. We will be attending the Benedictine Spirituality Workshop and Retreat. This is when many sisters from all over the United States gather and prepare for the next step in Perpetual profession to our communities. Sister Kathleen Marie and I are driving. We are very excited and staying at different Monasteries on the way. We will be away from our Monastery for 3 weeks. Please pray for us as we take this next step.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Earlier this week, another sister and I went camping at Natural Bridge State Park in Kentucky. We spent one day hiking over 14 miles! Though we both were a little dehydrated and pretty tired by the end, we certainly felt a sense of accomplishment!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Wow! What great pictures of our two junior high camps! It was a wonderful week, in spite of the weather. Everyone was a good sport about the weather and had a terrific time! It was a time to make new friends and to connect with old friends. There were lots of activities as you can see from the pictures: archery, boating, team building, crafts, swimming, slip n' slide, and a host of games. We also had prayer, Mass and skits of our saints. You can view it all in the pictures!
I hope all the counselors and campers can come again next June. We promise you another great camping experience!
Camp Marian 2010
Well, Camp Marian 2010 is now history. What a week it was!!! Last week we had over 100 campers and counselors on our grounds. We enjoyed a wonderful week of two camps and a day of rest in between with the high school counselors. Though we had to dodge storms during the second camp, I think all had a good time. I hope they also learned a bit more about us as Benedictine sisters and about our Benedictine values.
On this blog, down and on the left, you will see some thumbnails of some of the pictures. Click on one and it will take you to the full album of Camp Marian 2010.
June brings big transitions for a mission sister. This week I've given my students finals, attended graduation, and sent my delightful charges on their way. I've tended my beans, squash, and tomatoes in the garden, and done my best to defend them against the rabbits. Last night I packed up a lot of my stuff, today I packed up my classroom, and this evening I headed back for the monastery for the summer- at least for a good portion of it. All this packing is tough: I had to think about packing for a short camping trip, a visit home to my family, a retreat I'm helping lead, a three week college course I'll be taking later in the summer, and then of course the everyday stuff I'll need for living at the monastery again for a while. While the moving part can be stressful, I'm looking forward to some time to soak up the monastic pace again, to reconnect with sisters I haven't seen in a while, and to be part of the bigger community. While I'm here, I likely will be giving tours, answering the phone, doing dishes, working in the bakery, driving elder sisters to their appointments, and helping lead prayer now and again. Phew! Never a dull moment!