St. Gabriel's Novitiate
In this painting St. Gabriel is gazing at a picture of our Mother of Sorrows
St. Gabriel Possenti, C.P. better known as St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows - patron of youth, is the patron saint of our novitiate. The novitiate is the place set aside in our monastery where aspirants, postulants and novices live, have class, study and do some of their work. The novice directress (Sr. Mary Veronica) also lives here and has her office here. It is to be their little sanctuary to prepare them to enter fully into monastic life after First Profession of Vows. A statue of St. Gabriel and his relic bless all who enter our novitiate area. We will be praying the following prayer daily during the novitiate rosary and would love to have you join us in preparation for his feast day Friday, February 27th.
O good St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, you were taught by God to love the Passion of Jesus and to remember the Sorrows of Mary His Mother. By her side, you stood by the Cross of Jesus and shared her compassion. Following her, you grew in love for God and all His people. O St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, we humbly ask you to intercede before God on our behalf, especially for the intentions we now present before you.
- For our vocation promotion endeavors
- For all the women whom God is calling to join our monastic family
- For the spiritual and temporal needs of our novitiate members, the novice directress and her assistant
- for all who pass through this novitiate - this holy training ground - that they will respond generously to God's graces poured out in their hearts during this time of intense formation
We place our trust in your prayers St. Gabriel and wish to follow your example. Remember us, and especially our youth, with compassion. Support us all our days by your holy prayers. And when this life is done, may we join you in heaven in the company of Jesus and Mary. Amen!
Here is a website totally dedicated to St. Gabriel. I hope you'll visit and make a new friend!
St. Gabriel, ora pro nobis!