This past week nineteen Brothers of the Order of the Holy Cross met together in annual chapter at the monastery. It was the first time we got to do this in person again since 2019.
We also welcomed Br. Ignatius Martin, OSB/Cam, a Camaldolese Brother from Big Sur, CA. He was a keen and sympathetic observer and participant of our proceedings and preached on Trinity Sunday. We have had a covenant relationship with the Camaldolese Benedictine Order for decades.
The Holy Cross Brothers came from Canada, South Africa and the US. We had both formal meetings for the business of running our Order and lots of informal times in small and larger groups to further the bonds of brotherhood we have. On Saturday, we picked-up Br. Laurence at his nursing home and brought him to the monastery to enjoy the wider company of his Brothers. You can see him in the center of the group photograph below (credit: The Rev. Janet Vincent).
At mass, on Saturday we celebrated the internship of Mr. Eric Anthony. He will leave us on Monday. He will start law school in Washington, DC, this coming academic year. He has been a great person to live in community with. We wish him success in his new endeavors.
This blogger (Br. Bernard Delcourt) will leave Monday on a three-month sabbatical. As a result, the Monastery Colum will be on a hiatus until late September. In the meantime, you can continue to follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/holy.cross.west.park and on the individual pages of several Brothers (Bros. Robert James, Robert Leo, Randy and Josép).
Br. Bernard will be doing a Thirty-Day Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola retreat in Gloucester, MA, in July and will be doing a walking pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain in August and early September. The readers of the Monastery Column will be in his prayers.
Leaving you for the summer with a blooming report:
Peace. Happy Summer!