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Seeking God in community relationships?

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Perpetual Final Profession

By Sister Margaret Meaney, OSB
From Summer Review 2018

I made perpetual monastic profession on June 24th. My theme was from the Rule of St. Benedict, prologue 49 …as we progress in this way of life and in faith, we shall run on the path of God’s commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love.” 

L to R: Sisters Therese O’Grady, Clare Carr; Prioress, Margaret Meaney and Marie Therese Summers, OSB; Mentor

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The occasion afforded me an opportunity to express deep gratitude through my act of renunciation, an acknowledgment of all the gifts of love and relationship I have accrued in my life, and now with my sisters of Benet Hill Monastery. “Give and it will be given to you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap.” -Luke 6:38

The vows themselves- stability, conversion to the monastic way of life and obedience, are the support structure of my life and full profession is a beginning. After being in initial formation for seven plus years, 

I am merely on the threshold of my monastic life, not at its pinnacle. I do say however, that I am now experiencing an ascension into ordinary daily living with my sisters, as we seek God together. I wish to thank the sisters, my family, the Oblates of Benet Hill, the schola, the Sunday assembly and guests for supporting me as I was fulfilled in my vocation. God bless you all. 

Vocation: Connections

By Sister Mary Colleen Schwarz, Vocation Director
From Summer Review 2018

The gospel urges us to be in right relationship with God and with one another. God wants us to belong. The anchor for keeping these “right relationships” is a healthy sense of belonging, which presents a challenge for many of us. I have felt the profound and painful ache of not belonging and I am sure you have as well. Fortunately, God offers us a journey of interconnectedness that can lead to deeper healing in our lives. 

To begin the journey, we must understand that belonging has two aspects —internal and external. Inner belonging is the deep feeling of knowing who you are. It is your connection to your Inner Being, to your Spirit, your Soul. It is also a connection to your body, knowing that with each breath you take, you affirm you belong to this body and that this body belongs to you. Inner belonging cannot exist without the practice of self-love. They go hand in hand. When you love yourself, when you allow the love that you are to flow through you and from you, the feeling of belonging will be present. 

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External belonging is the feeling of connection to others. This is a wonderful feeling. External belonging is based upon shared ideas, values and experiences. This feeling of belonging with others can even happen virtually, through blogs, social networking, and video-conferencing. What a great benefit to be living in this time of global interconnectedness.

 

Our interconnectedness by its very nature produces longings for oneness, to be connected to life. To feel alive is to be connected. Finding a deeper connection with humanity, our loved ones, and the earth with all its creatures is a divine yearning which a passionate God inflames in our soul. God desires that we live life fully and are beacons of His love throughout the world. 

 

To step into the fullness of life that God intends, we need to awaken to God as well as our pain and everything in us (and our world) that is not well. We need to allow the tears and the joy and the promises of God to resurrect the places in our hearts that have grown cold. When God offers us this fullness of life, that deep interconnectedness, we need to say yes to who we are and rest in the beauty of the journey. 

MONASTIC WAY OF LIFE: COME SHARE YOUR PASSION WITH US

Come share your passion with us and live the Benedictine way of life.  At Benet Hill Monastery, we offer several forms of membership for participation.

  • Being of loving service to others
  • Reaching out through hospitality
  • Embracing a simple lifestyle

 

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We are committed to carry on our Benedictine charism and tradition into that future with the hope of contributing to the transformation of our world and society.

 

Benet Hill is a community that supports and challenges all who come and share our lives.  We are Benedictine women who give special attention to our liturgical celebrations.  We believe in the special giftedness of women and promote their full participation in church and society.

 

We move toward our preferred future as Monastic women

  • WITH A PASSION FOR GOD
  • WITH A PASSION FOR EACH OTHER
  • WITH A PASSION FOR THE FUTURE
  • WITH A PASSION FOR GOD’S PEOPLE

 

Through our relationships with one another, we discover, discern and recognize our giftedness for life-giving service (Ministry).  We work to act justly, love tenderly and to walk humbly with God within our community and with all God’s people.  Some of our ministries include:

 

  • Spirituality
  • Retreats
  • The Arts
  • Pastoral Ministries

  • Health Care
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Peace and Justice

 

As Benedictine women, we give priority to the contemplative dimension of life through an atmosphere of prayerfulness and quiet. We gather for Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina, Eucharistic Celebrations, Reconciliation.

MONASTIC FORMATION PROCESS: GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH COMMUNITY

Affiliation, Candidate, Novitiate, First Profession, Final Profession

 

The Affiliate phase is designed for the woman who is seriously discerning a call to Benedictine Life. Affiliation provides the opportunity for the individual to search out her life call in our lifestyle.

 

Image-two hearts-1The Candidate phase is designed for the woman who requests admission in Benedictine Monastic Life at Benet Hill Monastery. The Candidate publicly states her intention to become a member. Candidacy lasts from nine months to one year.

 

After the woman successfully completes the Candidate phase, she enters the Novitiate – a time of intense spiritual preparation that lasts two years.

 

During the phase of the First Profession, the sister becomes now fully integrated into the Monastic Community and she begins a ministry.

 

Final Profession: After the phase of First Profession the sister makes her Final Vows – of stability, conversion through the monastic way of life, and obedience.


 

Mary Colleen WEBFor more information regarding Vocations,
please contact Mary Colleen Schwarz, OSB
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“They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other, (Romans 12:10) supporting with the greatest patience one another’s weakness of body, behavior, and earnestly competing in obedience to one another. (RB 72:4-6)”

 


Our Charism Statement:Vocation walk

We, the Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery, journeying together, are called to seek God in the daily celebration of life.  

 

Recognizing our giftedness, we listen and respond through creative prayer and life-giving service.