Twas the Night Before Christmas Again

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Last year around this time we enjoyed some more visits of our best friends in the insect-eating world, little brown bats. Only they insisted on coming inside the monastery and enjoying the high ceilings and low tables of the refectory making breakfast somewhat exciting. In honor of that event, we published a little poem based on “Twas the Night Before …

Gunther Goes Out!

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Just a fast update on our beloved “bane of squirrels”, Gunther, the Russian Blue cat. He’s got his curiosity up and in his ventures outside he has taken intense note of all the squirrel gnaw marks. Unsurprisingly, the squirrels seem to be noticeably absent from their favorite stairs at Mater Dei lately. We will keep you apprised, especially if he …

Meet Gunther the Cat

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We know that many of our family and friends are eager to learn more of our recent anti-squirrel acquisition. His cartoon alter-ego pen name is still a little up in the air at Cor Jesu Monastery but we decided we might as well introduce you to the real cat. The Name He came to us providentially with some hunting experience …

Meow Mwews News

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We want to share some of the names we’ve received regarding a cartoon name for our new cat. After our annual retreat we’ll let you know what his moniker will be. Owing to his reserve and shyness, we won’t be sharing a photo of our handsome squirrel deterrent until after he’s more settled…unless he reduces the squirrel population sooner than …

Father Gregory Goes Home

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It seemed perfectly fitting that it would be during the month dedicated to the Holy Souls that one of our dearest chaplains in our community’s history was finally called home. After a long lifetime of selfless sacrifice and cheerful service the Lord began to prepare Father Gregory McCormick, s.P. for his final journey. We received news of his passing on …

Mary Mother of Priests Garden – Blessing and Installation of First Set of Names

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Before concluding her second term of office as our Mother Prioress, Mother Marietta enjoyed one of her last ‘official’ acts as Mother in late September 2019: Taking a powered screw driver in hand and attaching the very first name plate of a priest we intended to honor in our Mary Mother of Priests Tribute Garden. Naturally, the priest in question …

Chapter of Elections

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We thank everyone for their prayers for our recent Chapter of Elections in early October. As we do for each Chapter, the meeting itself was preceded by a prolonged period of more intense prayer and silence as the community invoked the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Bishop Stika presided over the election of our new Mother Prioress, Mother Sarah Michael …

The Right Hand that Blesses has a Nail in it.

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A reflection for priests: Father, you’ve got a nail in your hand. right there. Between the radius and the ulna bones below the wrist. That nail is capable of bearing the weight of a body hanging in crucifixion. Grab onto that nail, Father. Never quit. Never let go of it. That nail, painful as it is, conforms you to The …

Running of the Rose 2019

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We are grateful once again to the Knights of Columbus for enabling us to participate in the Silver Rose pilgrimage. Knights Dennis Knauss and Bud Noe delivered the Rose from Notre Dame parish in Greenville for an overnight stay at our Monastery. The entire community had a special holy hour Sunday evening and look forward to the hours of prayer …