Your Redemptoristine Sisters, formally of Esopus, come to you with news. Thank you for your prayers and support these past two years since we began our search for a new monastery.
Over a month ago, the Carmel of the Incarnation in Beacon, New York extended an invitation to us to share space in their monastery when they realized their building was being under-utilized. This was the inspiration of the Holy Spirit! We are pleased to be able to remain here in the Hudson Valley in a peaceful location close to our friends, associates and doctors, and feel blessed to continue our Redemptoristie charism for the church and the world in a monastic setting.
The Redemptoristines and the Carmelites have been linked by prayer, friendship, and support for over 45 years as founding members of the Metropolitan Association of Contemplative Communities.
Initially, the nine members in our community made a commitment to remain together, but within the last year it has become evident that we could no longer support our sisters who require care for their special needs. Thus, we made the difficult decision that three of our sisters, as much as we love and cherish them, must go into assisted living. They will be moving to Meadowview for Assisted Living at Wartburg in Mount Vernon, New York June 11, 2013.
Carmel of the Incarnation will welcome the other six into their monastery on June 25, 2013. We firmly believe that being well-grounded religious firmly rooted in our unique charisms, our sharing of space within the Beacon monastery will be one of enrichment and support for both communities rather than diminishment of our particular gifts to the people of God.
The beauty of our life of prayer transcends space and time. So, even though we are separating, we will continue to be one community in heart, mind and spirit living in two locations. No matter in which place we find ourselves individually, we live like our Blessed Mother striving to live the love of Christ in constant communion with her Son who is the light of our faith, the strength of our charity and the source of our hope.
Because we will just be settling in to our new surroundings, we will be unable to hold a public celebration in honor of our Mother of Perpetual Help on June 27, 2013. We thank our Lady for accompanying us this past year and answering our prayers. Yet, there is so much more to pray for: the needs of our world today, the intentions of our families and friends… Let us bring these intentions to Mary whom Jesus from the cross entrusted to us saying, “Behold your Mother!”
Please send us your intentions. They will be placed before the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in the chapel. With trust and faith we confidently invoke her powerful intercession throughout the novena beginning June 19 by saying this prayer:
Holy Mary, help all in distress, encourage the fainthearted,
console the sorrowful, be the advocate of all the clergy and religious,
strengthen family life, bring peace to our world,
intercede for all God’s holy people;
let all feel your aid who implore your Perpetual Help.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.
O Lord Jesus Christ,
who has given us your Mother Mary,
whose miraculous image we venerate, to be our Mother
ever ready to help us, grant we pray, that we who earnestly implore her aid
may deserve to enjoy perpetually the fruit of your redemption.
You who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Pray for Us
New Address as of June 11, 2013
Sr. Mary Anne Reed, OSsR, Unit 210
Sr. Lydia Lojo-Cruz, OSsR, Unit 216
Sr. Mary McCaffrey, OSsR, Unit 231
Meadowview at Wartburg
2 Wartburg Place
Mt Vernon, NY 10552
New address as of June 25, 2013
Sr. Paula Schmidt, OSsR
Sr. Maria Paz Suarez, OSsR
Sr. Mary Jane Stefanik, OSsR
Sr. Moira Quinn, OSsR
Sr. Hildegard Pleva, OSsR
Sr. Maria Linda Magbiro,OSsR
89 Hiddenbrooke Drive
Beacon, NY 12508