July 25, 2015

July 25, 2015

Monsoon season is here and the hills and valleys around us are turning a glorious green.   The season began with a bang, quite literally, when lightning struck one of the electric poles on our property, and fried the transformer for our water system. Only a few hours after the electric company fixed this problem, […]

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June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015

On May 5, our good friend Fr. Miguel Mariano, pastor of St. Odilia’s Parish in Tucson, brought a group of nearly 50 parishioners for a visit in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life.  Sr. Pam was asked to give them a brief talk about our Cistercian way of life, and then she and Sr. […]

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June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015

On April 18th Grand Knight Dean Moulis and five other Knights of Columbus from Council #6842, at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Green Valley, came for a volunteer work day, along with District Deputy Doug Cook from Rio Rico. They were a great help to us with various outdoor jobs–mowing, weed whacking, tree trimming, […]

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June 9, 2015

June 9, 2015

Hello there!  We have some catching up to do, so here is the first installment: To begin, we’ll back up all the way to the first weekend of March and the Diocese of Tucson’s Catholic Conference, Co-workers of the Vineyard, Thursday March 5 – Saturday March 7.  Bishop Kicanas called the conference for the purpose […]

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April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015

Nature is putting on her nicest finery in leaf and bloom in celebration of the Paschal Season.  Everything speaks of joy!  This past week our joy was overflowing with the visit of our  Mary-Ellen of Wrentham on Easter Monday and the arrival of Nettie on Tuesday.  So we had abundant celebration with a wonderful supper […]

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April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015

Happy Easter! All of us here send our love and prayers for a most blessed and joyous season to all. Spring has definitely come to the high desert here in Sonoita. Banks of purple and yellow iris wave greetings in the sonoran winds that come at this time of the year. Almost all the trees have […]

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February 25, 2015

February 25, 2015

Hello, friends! Since our last entry we have been visited by many angels and we’d like to share our joy with you. The first angel to visit us was our dear Pastor Bill of St. Theresa’s Parish and Our Lady of the Angels Mission. We celebrated at two tables!       The next angel […]

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January 10, 2015

January 10, 2015

Our Christmas Chronicle Here we are approaching the last day of the Christmas Season, and we want to share with you our Christmas Chronicle in a little different format this time: in pictures!  It all started with Christmas tree decorating … and moved on to the refectory …         Meanwhile in the […]

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December 21, 2014

December 21, 2014

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT This evening we light our final Advent Candle, a candle of fulfillment. The fullness of time has come. During this Advent Season, we have tried to respond in love to the divine spark in each person, each circumstance, all creation. We have trodden the Way, who is none other than the […]

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December 14, 2014

December 14, 2014

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT The third Sunday of Advent – the Sunday of joy. Rejoice, we hear. Let yourself BE glad tidings. It has been said, joy is the echo of God’s life in us. In these days of opening out to our God who fills every atom of creation with his presence, these days […]

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