21-30 May, 2018 - Br. Lawrence meets with fellow novice directors



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Attending novice directors stop for a quick photo in front of New Melleray Abbey. Gethsemani's Br. Lawrence is in the back row on the far right. Click to expand.





Gethsemani novice director Br. Lawrence recently joined other U.S. novice directors to share collective experiences at their biennial meeting.

New Melleray Abbey in Iowa hosted this year's event.

During the conference, each novice director presented a particular text that he or she found particularly effective in their novice classes. Br. Lawrence, for example, shared one of St. Bernard of Clairvaux's sermons on Psalm 90.

When not attending conferences, participants joined their confreres in choir for liturgy.

They also toured New Melleray's Trappist Caskets and grounds. In addition, they made excursions to nearby Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey.


The meeting was a time of renewal and mutual encouragement. Thank you to the communities of New Melleray and Our Lady of the Mississippi for their warm hospitality.


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A view from choir in New Melleray's Abbey church. Click to expand.