Received from Fr. Michael Perry… Men’s monastery that it is, Mount Saviour has a long history of welcoming women as oblates. Some stay very involved and close to “home” and others make their oblation and move on. Two of our sister oblates died recently; each of them written up with a half page obituary in … More Oblate News
– Fr. Michael Perry Because the memory of war was seared in the mind of Reverend Father Damasus and others We became one of the hundreds of churches around the country And around the world Dedicated to Mary the Queen of Peace Place our church atop the Saviour’s mountain. And you have. What we have: … More The Homily for the Solemnity of the Dedication of our chapel
by Alfred Dubois Work, Study and Prayer – Essential for a Benedictine monk or oblate. During the decline in Rome, Saint Benedict saw the need for Work-in a society that was ravaged by decadence, despair and sin. In today’s world, we do not have a Saint Benedict so we depend on the “media” for our … More Work and the Glory of God
by Fr Michael Perry I was sitting at the front desk in the Portery reading a review in The New Yorker of the new book about Dorothy Day, when out of the blue (actually the barn) Br John showed up and asked me if l wanted to see his baby pictures.”This should be interesting”, l … More Lambs and Vocations
Resurrected For the first time in many years, I watched the Easter sunrise from my window instead of through the chapel windows at Mount Saviour. Sigh… Still, it was beautiful and felt like a promise of better days to come. Every year as Lenten season begins, I work with the idea of growth. The … More Happy Easter!
“Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy” Greetings in Christ’s Peace, “…the way to self-fulfillment is self-donation; only a love stronger than death will satisfy.” — Blessed Maria Gabriella [from David P. Lavich, OCSO, (Trans.). (2019). “The Letters of Blessed Maria Gabriella with the Notebooks of Mother Pia Gullini,” (p. ix). Athens, OH: Cistercian … More “Only a Love Stronger than Death Will Satisfy”- Blessed Maria Gabriella O.C.S.O.
March 13, 2020 The spiritual opportunities of the COVID-19 Coronoavirus pandemic By Mark Kutolowski I write two days after the World Health Organization has declared the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus a global pandemic. News about this virus is dominating national and local media and public events are being cancelled everywhere—from the NBA season … More The spiritual opportunities of the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic
March 15, 2020, The Third Sunday in Lent “My eyes are always on the Lord, for God rescues my feet from the snare” Ps 24:15 Greetings and love, I’ve been thinking and meditating a lot more than usual, and wanted to send a brief note. Meditating is a bit easier to do these days since … More Walking into the Present Moment with “Eyes wide Open”
It is with a heavy heart that I write this note, but thought it was important for those close to me to know: today, Dec 23rd, 7 days before her 74th birthday, my sister Sheila left her earthly home. It is also the last day of the seven “O Antiphons” before Christmas — “O Come … More On the Death of a Loved One – December 23, 2019
By Stuart-John Tigchelaar October 17 – 20, 2019 Oblate Retreat Mount Saviour Monastery “It is a matter of becoming. You are always becoming.” So said Brother Pierre as he spoke to us on the “Historical and musical perspectives on the psalms and song life at Mount Saviour.” And, he continued, “The music embraces … More Notes on Oblate Gathering