July Information Forum
Today we held our monthly gathering to share personal news and updates on the goings-on within the monastery, the region, and the Order. No one shared personal news. There were many updates regarding the various liturgical, vocational, and temporal aspects of our community. Liturgically, our choir director informed us that our new Mass gradual will be put into use beginning August 20th, the Solemnity of St. Bernard. He shared his thoughts and plans for the transition. Vocationally, our Contemplative Experience program filled up this year. Participants arrive August 6th for their two-week participation in our life. We were also updated on a number of other initiatives underway to further share our charism of prayer and contemplation with others. Temporal news included the consideration of purchasing a used golf cart or two for use in the garden, hiring an employee to assist with the maintenance of our monastery building, and an amusing insight into the complexities of laundry detergent container management.
about Information Forum
The purpose of the Information Forum is to provide an opportunity for brothers publicly to give information or news about themselves or their departments and areas of responsibility that will be of interest to the community or important for the brothers to know.
The Information Forum is a response to:
Constitution 16 of the Order, “Active Participation of the Brothers: the brothers are called to mutual care, mutual co-operation, and mutual obedience. … The abbot and the officials are to communicate to the brothers what concerns all and readily accept their desires and suggestions” (16.2,4).
Priority One of the Transition Process 2012:
Whatever we do, we need to do it together in the community as a whole.