Prepared by Sister Moira Quinn, OSsR, Prioress
Dear Family and Friends,
In last Advent’s letter we came to you in the posture of Naomi and Ruth, Mary and Joseph: standing together at the crossroads journeying to a new home. This Advent we find ourselves with Joseph and Mary in temporary lodgings with Christ among us. We pray that we will be guided by his star!
We had a challenging year looking for a place to call our new Mother of Perpetual Help Monastery because of Mount St. Alphonsus being sold. We thought our long journey had ended this past spring when we found a convent in New Jersey. Yet, as we were investigating the property, problems came to light which made it impossible for us to purchase that convent. It was not meant to be. God has other plans for us.
Because of this change of plans, we had a month to find temporary housing. Fortunately, we found ‘room at the inn’ thanks to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart who rented us space in the lower level of Cabrini-on-the-Hudson in West Park, NY. We began our life there with a Blessing Upon Moving into a New Dwelling ritual June 1, 2012.
Cabrini is only five miles south of our former monastery. We have access to the lovely chapel upstairs for Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. Thankfully, we remain near the Redemptorists who come daily to celebrate the Eucharist. We are grateful to still be near our friends, associates and doctors. And we have been able to keep our phone number and post office box in Esopus.
In God’s beneficence, the Cabrini building has a spectacular view of the Hudson River from the large multipurpose sunroom (dining room, reading room, workroom) where we enjoy watching the deer, geese and wild turkeys stroll by, as well as the boats and barges that travel up and down the river. Next to the sunroom is another large room which has been divided into a community room, sewing department where we continue to make the Capes for the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher and do computer work. Down the long hall there are the bedrooms with bathrooms and beyond that is the gymnasium where we are storing all our furniture, library and archives.
Our path has been blessed by many people during these months: some of us stayed with the Benedictine Sisters while the move was in process, while others stayed with the Carmelites on the other side of the Hudson River. In the midst of the move the whole community celebrated Pentecost with Carmelites. And just recently they hosted us again to their Thanksgiving feast.
After our move we took the summer to recuperate before beginning to search for a new monastery again. We have explored many paths. Please keep us in prayer as we continue our journey and work with our facilitator and consultants to help us discern where the Lord wants us to offer our praise and intercession in a peace-filled, fully alive and safe setting as we live out our Redemptoristine way of life.
The year began with our community elections: Sr. Moira was elected Prioress, Sr. Paula as Vicar and Sr. Hildegard as Secretary. Around that time, Sr. Maria Paz celebrated her 50th anniversary of profession with friends. Sr. Paula was our delegate for the General Assembly in Italy and came home enthused about the work that was done and the unity within the Order. Two weeks after we moved into Cabrini, Sr. Lydia tripped in the woods and broke her leg in two places and spent four months in a rehabilitation facility. She came home October 31st. On August 11, 2012 Sr. Maria Linda made her Solemn Profession with our community with her sister and niece, and friends in attendance. Sr. Margaret Reid, OSsR from Toronto also joined us to celebrate that grace-filled day. Sr. Hildegard has been occupied assisting her elderly parents adjust to the new realities in their lives, yet still finds time to write icons and knit. Sr. Mary Jane participated in a two day program on “Training in the Skills of Contemplative Dialogue.” Sisters Mary Anne and Mary, our ‘wisdom sisters,’ continue to participate in our life to the best of their abilities with willing hearts.
On April 29, 2012 Father Provincial Kevin Moley celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for our 55 years in Esopus, attended by our friends, local religious and associates. On September 9, 2012 our associates renewed their commitment to live out the Redemptoristine charism in their daily lives at a Mass in the Cabrini Chapel. Our community retreat was given in October by Sr. Pat Conron, csj. Her presentations soothed our souls after our stressful year and made us feel the loving embrace of God. During this Advent our community is having weekly reflections on “A Journey in Redemptoristines Spirituality” remembering our “Yes” to the Lord’s captivating Call of Love.
Thank you to all the Redemptoristines and Redemptorists who collaborated in making the General Assembly possible, and to those who constructed the Order’s new Website. It is wonderful!
As our Christmas gift to you, you will be remembered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass December 16th to 24th during our Novena before Christmas. On those evenings after Vespers we extinguish all the chapel lights and pray by the glow of the lit Advent wreath for all your intentions with these words:
‘Adore, oh my soul, in the bosom of Mary,
the only begotten Son of God,
who became man for love of you.’
May you journey in peace and good health as you celebrate this season of hope and joy!
All our prayers and love be yours this Christmas and throughout the New Year.
Your Redemptoristine Sisters in New York.
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