Santa Rita Abbey February 22-24, 2019–the great Arizona snow storm
Hi! It’s been a while since our last journal entry. Instead of looking back to the Christmas season, which seems like ancient history now, we’ll begin this one with current events.
The big excitement of the last few days was the huge snow storm which enveloped Arizona. It began with rain last Thursday, Feb 21, which turned to snow on Friday, Feb 22. Wow did it snow! For about twelve hours straight. Photos will describe it better than words can.
Friday, February 22
The monastery barely visible from our front road
Retreatants shoveling snow on the path down the hill
Note that one of our raven friends has taken refuge from the storm on the cross on our church
View from our backyard. If you look closely you can see Sr. Cathy making a snowman.
Sr. Cathy and her adorable snowman
Saturday, February 23
Sunrise view east
Sunrise view west
Our observer, Sharon, who is spending six weeks with us to discern her vocation
The sacristy rose garden had an impressive blanket of snow
Two of our Sisters just had to make snow angels.
The view from Our Lady’s garden
Sunday, February 24
Another snowy sunrise
Icicles outside the refectory door
The ravens were out there waiting for Sr. Miriam and her bread basket
Sr. Clare marveling at the three-foot icicle outside the dormitory