The Benedictine life is both ordinary and human, extraordinary and divine. It is ordinary and human because St. Benedict in his Rule encourages us to get on with the business of monastic life; it is extraordinary and divine because it is a response to a call from God and it is a life lived for others. Welcome to St. Scholastica Priory, a community of sisters located in Petersham, Massachusetts.
In 2014 St. Scholastica Priory will host two Monastic Experience Weekends for young women interesting in discerning their vocation by living with the community for a few days to see their life at close hand: from February 14-16 and from August 8-10. For information on the weekends held in 2013 please click here.
If you are a single Catholic woman between the age of 18-40, and would like to discuss and discern a monastic vocation, dates can be arranged outside of the Monastic Weekends.
On September 22, 2012 novices Sr. Mary Emmanuel Wade and Sr. Mary Therese Morales made their simple (first) vows. Here’s an article from the Catholic Free Press on the profession ceremony.
On April 20, 2013, two public conferences for the Year of Faith were hosted by St. Mary’s Monastery and St. Scholastica Priory. To listen to them click here:
by Fr. Robert Imbelli
by Mother Mary Elizabeth Kloss, OSB
Today is the great Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. This is the patronal feast of our country. I think we should take advantage of that consecration and beg Mary to intercede great graces for our whole land, government, courts, and families, all of us! This is a link to the National Basilica: Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. You can take a virtual tour here. It is an amazing place and certainly testifies to the huge diversity of what it means to be called a United States citizen – every ethnic nationality under the stars is part of the country.
Thursday is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. My heart thrills to think of the time I spent with this image of Mary in Mexico City. I did not expect to have any emotional reaction but the tears started and didn’t stop for about 45 minutes. All I could think of was, “The great mercy of God to give us something for our eyes!” This image has been tested so many times it defies all categories that we contain things within on this earth. This link will let you experience a bit of what makes up this wonderful holy place: Basilica of Guadalupe. Masses are celebrated there continually from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day of the year. It is the most visited Marian Shrine in the world. You often see people walking on their knees approaching the shrine for some intention.
Then on December 13 is the memorial of St. Lucy; her feast figures in some countries as the opening of the “season light.” Remember seeing the pictures of the little girls with a crown of lighted candles? And finally, St. John of the Cross is on Saturday. He was the partner to St. Teresa of Avila in Spain during the second half of the 16th century. He was a great ascetic, poet and reformer along with her. He also suffered a lot even to the point of being imprisoned by his own brothers in religion! This link will tell you more about this Doctor of the Church: St. John of the Cross. Here’s a beautiful quote from one of his poems: “They can be like the sun, words. They can do for the heart what light can for a field.”
Count on our prayers and please keep us in yours!
Mother Mary Elizabeth, OSB