November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016

October/November 2016 News from Santa Rita Abbey How did the year zoom by so quickly that Thanksgiving Day is next week?! Yet here we are! Fr. Casimir will return for another stint as our chaplain just in time to celebrate Mass for us on Thanksgiving Day. He will stay for all of Advent, Christmas and […]

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October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016

September/October 2016 News from Santa Rita Abbey What beautiful weather we are having at Santa Rita Abbey right now! There’s something special about blue skies in October. Thanks to the rain in September the grass is still green, and there are yellow wildflowers, of all sizes, in bloom everywhere. Last spring we planted muhly grass in […]

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September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016

Here at Santa Rita Abbey we celebrate a Sister’s feast day, that is, the feast of her patron saint, more than we do her birthday. In August we have two feast days: Sr. Clare’s on August 11 (the feast of St. Clare of Assisi), and Sr. Esther’s on August 15 (the feast of the Assumption […]

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August 8, 2016

August 8, 2016

  Summertime at Santa Rita Abbey What a lovely summertime we are having, overflowing with life!  Two chaplains, newborn fawns, young ravens, fresh tomatoes, rain and more rain, visits from friends of the monastery, and two new volunteer helpers just arrived … Fr. Francis Michael, a monk of Holy Spirit Monastery in Conyers, Georgia, has been with us […]

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July 8, 2016

July 8, 2016

Our new Volunteer Helpers program is off to a great start!  Our visit first volunteer was here for the month of June.  She stayed at the retreat house, joined the community for Mass and the Divine Office, and lent a capable hand wherever she was asked–retreat house, altar bread bakery, monastery kitchen (she’s a great […]

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June 8, 2016

June 8, 2016

Rachel Tucci from the University of Arizona’s Hydrology Dept. is doing a study of the ground water in the Sonoita Valley.  She took samples from our well on May 14th.  By evaluating isotopes and other things in the water, it is possible to theorize the water’s source; that is, did it come from rain falling on the […]

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May 4, 2016

May 4, 2016

We celebrated a double Jubilee on April 23 for our Sisters Margarita and Pamela.  50 years of religious vows for Marg, and 25 years for Pam!  A day of joy and gratitude for all!  Msgr. Tom Cahalane and Fr. Greg Adolf, pastors of Our Mother of Sorrows in Tucson and St. Andrew’s Parish in Sierra Vista, […]

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April 3, 2016

April 3, 2016

Happy Easter to one and all! We wish you every blessing in this joyous season. Holy Week ceremonies and the Paschal Vigil were rich and deep and we hope that it was the same for you. All went well, with no mishaps – as can sometimes happen! We could write a book about things going […]

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March 19, 2016

March 19, 2016

Here it is, the final few steps in the journey of Lent. Already the eastern sky is beginning to glow with the promise of the rising sun. We will soon enter into the holy days of Jesus’ merciful love made manifest. May these days be rich with the mercy and love of God for you! […]

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February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016

Lent began early this year, and so did the warm weather.  Some of the trees and flowers are on the verge of opening, but its way too early for them blossom, since we could have another frost any time.  With the sun rising earlier each morning and the days growing longer, it really does feel […]

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