Last evening at recreation the Seignadou Soap Sisters, aka, the novitiate, got together for a meeting to evaluate how things are going and to plan for the rest of the year. Of course we felt that if we were having a meeting we should enjoy it, and so it was held al fresco on the cloister with lemonade and ice cream. The professed sisters were duly curious as they were TOLD it was a SERIOUS meeting but it sure looked like an EXCUSE for a PARTY.
Truth to tell, it was, as one novice said, "A real meeting" and we were able to accomplish much. We can't say much more than that as this point, but we look forward to offering you some new things in the coming months.
To all who support us through your purchases, again, we offer our heartfelt thanks. With the influx of new vocations (and more coming) comes the challenge of added expenses. This week our workmen began renovating a small dormitory next to the novitiate as we need to increase the number of monastic cells (and bathrooms) as we will be full when our new postulant enters in June! We are grateful for your help!
Today, we hosted the archdiocesan Vocation Directors meeting. The meeting began with Holy Mass offered by the archdiocesan vocation director, Fr. John Gabriel, for whom we have been praying ever since he was in the seminary. Concelebrating with him was Fr. Matthew Dooley. Later, several other priest-directors from various congregations arrived for the actual meeting. Our vocation directress/novice mistress, Sr. Mary Catharine, was able to attend the meeting. The novitiate provided freshly baked scones and coffee for refreshments. We are grateful for the opportunity to get to know the other Congregations in the Archdiocese and assure them of the support of our prayer. Hopefully, holding this final meeting of the year at our monastery will become a tradition!