May 2018

On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, we had the great joy of re-electing our Mother Victoria Murray for a second six-year term as our Titular Prioress! Here are two photos from this happy occasion. Dom Brendan Freeman, superior at Mellifont Abbey in Ireland, presided at the election. Mother Kathy DeVico, abbess of Redwoods Monastery in California, was an official witness for our election. Please pray for M. Vicki as she begins…

January-February 2018 at Santa Rita Abbey Things have been busy around here so far this year. Here are some highlights. Fr. James Garcia was our resident chaplain for six months of 2017, July-December. He left us after Mass on January 1, 2018. We are grateful for his generous service--not only providing us with the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but also cheerfully…

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? A reflection on Luke 18:9-14 Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. How many times in our lives have we been asked, “Where do you live?” Countless times, right? In the divine scheme of things we are all connected – to one another, to the universe. This is where, ultimately, we live. How is this so?…

Mother Cecile Jubinville Our beloved former superior and first prioress, Mother Cecile Jubinville, was called home to God on December 31, 2017. She was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on February 17, 1920, daughter of Raoul Jubinville and Leoni Laroche. After graduating from high school, Cecile studied nursing and worked in that profession for several years. Discerning God's call to the contemplative life, she responded by entering our mother house,…

ORDINARY? Do you remember the last words we sang at Vespers yesterday, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord? I’m sure you do, but just in case, they were: “Christ our God has made all creation holy.”  So we burst from the season of light, glory, angels and God in human flesh into what we call Ordinary Time. I suppose you have to call it something, but is it…

Christmas 2017 at Santa Rita Abbey Happy New Year 2018! We hope you enjoyed a lovely Christmas celebration with your loved ones. May 2018 be full of blessings for you and all the world! Here are a few scenes from our Christmas celebrations here at Santa Rita Abbey: the blessing of our Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve; Midnight Mass; Christmas dawn; Day Mass; festive dinner and supper; outdoor Christmas decorations;…