May 24, 2016
morning of May 21st, the monks of our
community were blessed to share in the joy of
the Profession of Perpetual Vows of Sr. Maria
Veronica of Divine Mercy, O.P. Sister is
a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mount
Thabor in Ortonville. Many of Sr.
Veronicaís friends, family members and fellow
religious came to Mount Thabor Monastery to
witness this momentous occasion.
Fr. Michael Monshaw, O.P. a
close associate of their community as well as
ours was the celebrant of the Mass along with
several concelebrants including the
monks-priests of our community. Fr.
Michaelís homily emphasized the spiritual
motherhood of the contemplative nuns and their
important role in the life of the Church as
well as the important symbols that are part of
the tradition of committed religious life.
After answering a series of
questions and invoking the intercession the
Saints, Sr. Veronica professed her vows in the
presence of the Prioress, Sr. Anne Mary.
This was followed by the signing of names in
the Book of Profession on the altar. The
Liturgy of the Eucharist followed. After
the Mass, everyone was invited to share in a
delicious meal in the refectory.
As Sr. Veronica of
Divine Mercy, O.P. begins this stage of her
Religious Life, all of us at St. Benedict
Monastery are praying for her and her
Community that the Holy Spirit may bless and
guide them on their journey.
The Monks Ran Over
On the early morning of
May 21st, four members of our community
participated in a special fundraising event.
Guest House, a treatment center for clergy and
religious who are recovering from alcoholism and
other addictions held their second annual Run/Walk
over Addiction 5K with our community serving as
one of the sponsors of the event. The course
started and ended right on the grounds of the
facility, but the majority of the distance was
covered through the outlying area streets and
trails. Over 230 people representing all
ages, fitness levels and vocations
participated. Br. Paul Culver, Fr.
Gregory-David Jones, Fr. John Martin Shimkus and
Br. James Locke represented St. Benedict Monastery
well; all finished the event ranking well in their
respective age groups and overall placing. Click
here for more information about Guest House.
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