16-25 May, 2016 - Regional Novice Directors Meeting




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L to R: Fr. Thomas Davis, Vina; Br. Elias Marechal, Conyers; Sr. Kathleen O'Neil, Mississippi; Fr. Luke Truhan, Spencer; Sr. Kathy Ullrich, Crozet; Fr. Kevin Walsh, Mepkin; Sr. Bonitas, Wrentham; Br. Anthony Weber, Genesee; Sr. Mary Benedicta OC, Valley of Our Lady; Sr. Rita McCarthy, Santa Rita; Fr. Stephen Verbest, New Melleray; Sr. Claire Boutin, Redwoods; Fr. Todd Koesel, Guadalupe; Br. Efrain Sosa, Berryville - not pictured, Br. Lawrence, Gethsemani (behind the camera)





Every two years, the novice directors from each house of the region meet together to share their collective experience.

This year, the meeting was held at St. Joseph's Abbey near Spencer, Massachusetts.

The novice directors took turns presenting sections of Bernardo Olivera's book, Light for My Path, on spiritual direction. This was followed by discussion on how the book reflected life in the actual novitiates over which the directors had responsibility.


We were grateful for the very hospitable welcome given us by Spencer, and for the beauty of the monastery and its surroundings. We are also grateful for the welcome given us by nearby Wrentham to which we made a day trip. This was a time of renewal and mutual encouragement.



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