Come Holy Spirit! Pentecost Sunday was the culmination of an eight day silent retreat for the community. We were incredibly blessed! Fr. Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., joined us for the entire week, giving us conferences every day to prepare our hearts for the great feast of Pentecost. His talks were beyond inspiring… simply breathtaking. He gave us a fresh and invigorating perspective of our charisms and way of life. The theme for the retreat was, “The Holy Spirit and the Consecrated Life.” We had Eucharistic Adoration all day and had much time to be with our Beloved Bridegroom in the chapel, in His beautiful creation on our outside grounds, and in the solitude and silence of our rooms. We had four other priests join him in giving spiritual direction to the Sisters during the week. We thank Fr. Gregory Ross, O.C.D., Fr. Jim Mormon, T.O.R., Fr. Vit Fiala, O.F.M., and Fr. Thomas Nau for their service to us. We were so blessed to be surrounded by such holy priests!
On the Eve of Pentecost we were able to celebrate for the first time the extended Vigil Mass of Pentecost that the Church introduced with the new translation of the liturgy. It began with a candlelight procession into the chapel. The liturgy is similar to the Easter Vigil. It begins with four Old Testament Readings, each followed by a Psalm. The Gloria follows, then there is a reading from an Epistle preceding the Gospel. We had some time of praise and worship following the Vigil Mass. On Sunday we celebrated Pentecost again with another beautiful liturgy. You can find more pictures on our Facebook page. Sunday evening we had more praise and worship preceding the Liturgy of the Hours and had dinner together sharing with one another the graces of retreat. It was an incredibly blessed time for the community. God is so good!