All For the Beloved

    The last few weeks here have been very full. So much to post and so little time to do so! The following are some random things going on around here.     There was a Rachel's Vineyard Retreat held in our Guest House. This retreat is for Post-Abortive men and women. Please do keep them in your prayers. Fr. Ben Cameron is the site leader for the Rachel's Vineyard retreats in our area and recently founded a Confraternity of Our Lady of Mercy for post-abortive persons seeking healing and holiness. The confraternity also includes persons who have not undergone abortions but wish to join themselves spiritually to a beautiful work of healing such as this.

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    Sr. Cecilia Maria's family was here for the traditional visit after a vestition.

Sr. Cecilia Maria with her beloved family.

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"Strike up the instruments!"

Whitney on violin treats us to Mozart's Concerto No. 4

Sr. Cecilia Maria experimenting with the dulcimer and her family sings along - of course, it is a folk song of "The Brothers Four" entitled "Michael Row the Boat to Shore". This one's for you Tim!

Sr. Rose Marie on the banjolin!

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    Our nine days of prayer to St. Gabriel of our Lady of Sorrows, patron of our novitiate brought many graces and some visitors discerning Passionist life.

    Fours special gals and their devoted chaperones from Smyrna, Georgia made us a part of their Spring Break Nun Run - Do come again! Plus another young woman and her mother were able to join us for several days of Passionist living. Please keep these young women in your prayers as they seek to find and follow God's plan for their beautiful lives.

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Lastly, I thought I would bring you some highlights from this year's feast day party for the Novice Directress Sr. Mary Veronica.

Real china for this year's tea party!

Tea leaves without a tea ball???

The novitiate (Liz - "Much-Afraid", Sr. Cecilia Maria - "The Shepherd", Sr. Rose Marie - Narrator) acts out a scene from Hinds' Feet on High Places. For you Hannah Hurnard fans this is from page 127 of her book. The theme? "Doing the impossible is the funnest thing ever!" (Sr. Rose Marie's paraphrase)  :)

Sr. Cecilia Maria introduced us to "Here is My Light" by Ed Conlin of Ann Arbor

Sr. John Mary had to get in a favorite from her NET days - "Song of the Beloved" by Laure Krupp