Brief Abbey News – June 2012
This brief abbey news should begin with the sad news. Three of our confreres (Fr. Bosco, Br. Dominic and Br. Bede) returned to Waegwan Abbey, Korea on June 14th. Fr. Bosco has served as prior first five years since St. Paul’s Abbey’s administration transferred to Waegwan abbey, then he served as Novice Master. Br. Dominic served many different jobs then most recently he cleaned whole monastery building to like new for many years. Br. Bede also has worked hard as director of Retreat House and Camp St. Benedict. We hope all of them keep in mind only the good things while they were with us here at St. Paul’s Abbey and enjoy new life at Waegwan Abbey.
From June 16th to 17th, Abbot Joel went to a parish ofr a mission collection for AIM.
On June 19th Fr. Joseph of Tororo in Uganda arrived here and will stays until July 2nd. Sr. Angela Sung of Maryknoll Sisters, who served in Guatemala as missionary many years, visited us and had private retreat from June 18th to 23th. Sr. Servatrix, a Tanzanian sister who studied in Rochester, NY finished her study in May, visited us one day on her way to her home land on June 28th. We hope her study helps many Tanzanian people.
Fr. Damian came back to the Abbey after long journey to meet his benefactors from East to West, South to North in the United States and went to Elmira on June 30th where his sister lives for medical treatment.
Br. Bernardo Lee
Just as there is a wicked zeal of bitterness which separates from God and leads to hell, so there is a good zeal which separates from evil and leads to God and to life everlasting. This, then, is good zeal which monks must foster with fervent love: They should anticipate one another in honor (Rom. 12:10); most patiently endure one another's infirmities, whether of body or of character; vie in paying obedience one to another -- no one following what she considers useful for herself, but rather what benefits another -- ; tender the charity of sisterhood chastely; fear God in love; love their Abbess with a sincere and humble charity; prefer nothing whatever to Christ. And may He bring us all together to life everlasting!
The Rule of St. Benedict chapter 72