Trappist Abbey News: 12-19-2013
The Archbishops Visit & The Guadalupe Day Homily:
With the arrival of December, well kind of late December now, we once again have post-able news!
On Saturday, December 7th, Archbishop Alexander Sample made his first visit to our community. The Archbishop was the main presider at mass, gave us a chapter talk, and ate Dinner with us. I’d definitely say it was exciting to have him with us, as he proved to be a most affable guest. The morning was sunny and chilly providing for a light filled ambiance at Mass. Archbishop Alexander spoke analogously of our community as a power house of prayer and a boiler room for the Church. It was a fine homily indeed! At Chapter, he spoke impromptu on his past and how he came to be Archbishop of Portland. It was good to get a deeper sense of him, who he is, and what he hopes to achieve in the future. Our local Church is in good hands. Dinner was low key and a most enjoyable affair.
On Thursday, December 12th, a great number of our friends joined us for our annual Guadalupe Day Celebration. An especially welcome presence was our main presider and old friend, Archbishop Vlazny. He was in warm, funny, and a master homilist. We offer you the opportunity to read his homily here:
After mass, we had a festive meal with our friends accompanied with music by Raul, Margarita, and Bernardo Gomez. It was a wonderful day indeed.
At Present, we are looking forward to Christmas. We hope to see you here!