22nd through the 26th our Prior, Fr. Damien Gjonaj
attended the annual Abbots and Priors Workshop at St.
Bernard Abbey in Coleman, Alabama. This event is a
gathering of the leaders of the various men’s and women’s
Benedictine communities throughout the United
States. This year, the speakers were Abbot Primate
Gregory Poland and Sr. Susan Hutchens. The theme of
the workshop was, “As We Wait in Joyful Hope”. The
focus of the presentations was essentially on how hope
gives meaning and direction to faith and charity.
This was an affirmation to our vocation as disciples of
St. Benedict this “theme” what our witness offers by its
very nature. The workshop was a great opportunity
for Fr. Damien to learn and interact with monastery
leaders as well as re-connect with many long-time
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