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New Postulant for Poor Clares in Phoenix

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On May 14th, Feast of St. Matthias, the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration in the Diocese of Phoenix had the great joy of welcoming a new postulant to their community.

Jennifer comes from the San Francisco area, where she worked as a Park Ranger.  The Poor Clares of Our Lady of Solitude Monastery were blessed to get to know her about two years ago, when she first began discerning with the community.  Earlier this year Jennifer completed a three- month live-in candidacy, and the community is happy now to welcome her back as a postulant.

Postulancy denotes a preliminary period before entering the novitiate phase of the formation process.

Please keep Jennifer and all young people discerning a possible vocation to the consecrated life in your prayers!

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Archbishop Sample Celebrates Pontifical Mass with Brigittine Monks

2014+Pontifical+Mass-36-3106456286-OOn Quinquagesima Sunday (the last Sunday before the Lenten season begins), Most Rev. Alexander Sample, Archbishop of Portland celebrated a Pontifical Mass at the Throne in the Extraordinary Form during a Gregorian Chant Conference at the Brigittine Monastery of Our Lady of Consolation in Amity, Oregon. Several priests and deacons of the Archdiocese and from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter assisted at the altar, in other liturgical roles and in choir.

The Order of the Most Holy Savior (the “Brigittines”) was founded in 1370 by St. Bridget of Sweden, upon a direct revelation from Heaven, as an order of cloistered, contemplative monks and nuns, who follow the Rule of St. Augustine. With the vicissitudes of European history, the last Brigittine monk died in 1863. In 1976, the late Brother Benedict Kirby established a community of Brigittine monks which follows the charisms of Saint Bridget, and is now located in Oregon. Following the original pattern of monasticism, the monks do not ordinarily receive Holy Orders. The Priory has a special devotion toward the Sacred Liturgy, the Passion of Christ, the Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the papacy, and praying for the souls in Purgatory and for the unity of Christians. The entire Liturgy of the Hours is sung.Bridgetine The community attempts to be self supporting through the manufacturing of gourmet confections. Each person feels the responsibility to contribute in whatever talents he has to offer or in the work to which he is assigned. Work is done at the monastery and we do not engage in types of work that may not be done within the enclosure. For more information visit here.

Celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week with “Lent at Ephesus” Music CD from Cloistered Benedictines of Mary

lent_at_ephesus__43094_zoomThe Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles enter the inaugural National Catholic Sisters Week with their third album, LENT AT EPHESUS, holding steady at the No. 1 spot on Billboard magazine’s Classical Traditional Music Chart for the third consecutive week. The Sisters’ second album, ANGELS AND SAINTS AT EPHESUS, also is thriving on the Billboard charts, earning the No. 2 spot on the Classical Traditional Music Chart, the No. 8 spot on the Contemporary Christian Chart and the No. 10 spot on the Christian Gospel Chart. The community is well known for producing beautiful music, and are one of the many orders being celebrated this week during National Catholic Sisters Week, which began March 8 at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., as part of Women’s History Month. The week recognizes sisters nationwide who have served faithfully as part of American history. “During this special National Catholic Sisters Week, we are so pleased by the outpouring of comments and affections expressed for LENT AT EPHESUS as brought to you by the prolific and faithful community of The Benedictines of Mary,” said Monica Fitzgibbons, co-founder of De Montfort Music. “Particularly heartening are the comments of those who have been enjoying the 12-page booklet, which accompanies the purchase of the CD or download, and serves to enhance the devotional aspects of this beautiful music by providing the lyrics and seasonal context for each heavenly song. We are so grateful to the Sisters for their monastic life honoring their Divine Spouse, and for sharing with us this deeply enriching artistic experience of Truth and Beauty.” For more information visit here.  

Former Carmelite Monastery Will Become a Monastery Once Again

former Carmelite Monastery in Kensington A landmark structure nestled in the hills that went on the market in October has been sold for the same use it had before–a monastery for a group of Carmelite nuns. Repeating the process of how a Carmelite monastery became established in the building in 1949, a private donor has purchased the building to house a group of 12 Carmelites who are now residing on a ranch in Canyon, a tiny unincorporated community in the hills behind Oakland. The incoming group of nuns are young, replacing a contingent of four older nuns, down from 12 at their peak. Two of the older nuns moved to care facilities, and the other two relocated to a Carmelite monastery in San Francisco. “(The new nuns) are about the same age and the same number as the nuns who came in 1949,” said Michael Korman, the agent for the seller. “Twelve is peak of population at its previous high.” The 60-room Spanish revival mansion, built in 1925, was listed for $1.95 million and sold for $1.9 million, Korman said. The agent said there were several competing offers on the property, including some that were higher than $2 million, but a buyer who wanted a different use would have to get a new permit from Contra Costa County, a process that could take a long time. “Other people sought to do a senior care facility that would require different permits than what was there,” Korman said. “We didn’t want to have a long, protracted escrow while people were getting permits.” The home, at 68 Rincon Road, is adjacent to the landmark Blake House, the now-empty former home of the president of the University of California, and Blake Garden, both owned and maintained by UC Berkeley. The rooms in which the nuns reside are small. Larger rooms in the house include a former ballroom, a dining room and a kitchen with butler’s pantry. Windows on the western side of the house have panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Buyer’s agent Geri Murphy said she is seeking additional donors to pay for the $400,000 to repair water leakage from the roof and fix the electrical and plumbing systems, floors and foundation. “We will be doing some repairs to meet the needs of the community, what they want,” said Murphy. “We plan to be done in about four months or less, and the nuns can move in.” An outside sale was required to transfer use of the property from one group of Carmelite nuns to another because each Carmel is a separate corporation, Murphy said. The buyer, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the home from the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Berkeley and donated it to the Catholic Diocese of Oakland, which will be in charge of maintaining it in perpetuity, Murphy said. “They are two separate entities, very independent,” she said. To send an offering to help the new Carmelite community write: The Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph; P.O. Box 183; Canyon, CA 94516
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