Thursday, September 9, 2010

Birthday Blessings!

On the most blessed Feast of the Birth of Mary, our little community rejoiced to see three young women express their great desire to draw closer to Christ and His Mother as sisters of Our Lady Immaculate . We share our joy with you in the reception of Melani Slade as a Novice (now Sister Marie Therese), Rochelle MacGrath as Postulant and Denise Arnold of Atlanta, Georgia, USA as our newest Candidate. Our friend, Father Jeff Oehring, a newly ordained priest for the Hamilton Diocese, kindly offered the Mass in our residence chapel and the Gregorian chant throughout provided by the sisters was most beautiful. Please do keep our young sisters in your prayers as we do all of you.

Rochelle, Sister Marie Therese and Denise

"Denise, what do you desire?"
"I desire to become a Candidate in the community of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate in order to prepare myself for religious consecration"

Mrs. Arnold, Catherine Arnold, Denise, Mr. Arnold, and Father Jeff Oehring

Rochelle is received as a postulant and invested in the Miraculous Medal of Our Lady.

"Melani, as a sign of your dying to the world and entering into a new way of life in Christ as a Novice with the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate, from now on you will be called Sister Marie Therese."

Congratulations Sister Marie Therese!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Holocaust of Love

Annual Retreat 2010

This year, our Community was again blessed to have one of the Norbertines of St. Michael's Abbey located in Silverado, CA, direct our annual eight-day silent retreat. Thank you Father Chrysostom! We thoroughly enjoyed your conferences and were edified by your own love and commitment to the religious life. May Our Lord Jesus and Our Lady Immaculate bless you and all your confreres.

This year's theme you ask?
Religious Life: A Holocaust of love.

The sisters show Father Chrysostom a few Canadian sights as this is his first visit to Canada. Here they are at  Niagara Falls...Father is that Canadian coffee in your hands??

Father Chrysostom and Sisters visit with Father Robinson of the Toronto Oratory before Father's journey back to the Abbey in California. Some of the Norbertine seminarians will be studying at the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto this coming year.