As our summer schedule came to a close with the final retreat in August we are looking forward to the cool down of September and the varied rhythms of the fall retreats. The temperatures will cool down, but we anticipate our schedule to 'heat up'!
One issue that is still on our back burner is San Damiano House, the new staff residence. Maggie and I are still dreaming about our new home. As this goes to press, it is being built. We had hoped that it would become a reality in August but now we anticipate September. We thank those who have given toward our building fund thus far, and we welcome any other donations.
Sr. Janet Kreber, O S F , and Sr. Mary E. Engler, O S F , both from Iowa, joined us for two weeks in July. Since Mary Horrell spent much of her summer vacation caring for her father in his final illness, Janet filled in and was a special gift to us. Thank you so much, Janet.
And if you, our reader, want a wonderful retreat, plan to sign up next year for the Darkness to Light retreat that Mary and I gave using the enneagram and graphoanalysis as helps in our spiritual journey. It is a "must do."
Sheila Avery has joined our staff as secretary replacing Angela Frauendienst. Sheila is from New Hope [a suburb of Columbus!] and is mother of three teenagers! We thank Angela, and we welcome Sheila's cheery smile and willing spirit in learning this many faceted job.
Besides our current schedule, we are always eager to get the word out about our hermitages. They fill a very important need for the Spirit-led desire for solitude.
The 'Rock and Reed' sewer system is not functioning well, the phone lines to the hermitages need to be relaid, and the floor in one of our bedrooms is held together by the carpet.
We are grateful for the support from the Catholic Foundation. We say, "Thank you, Bishop Houck and George Roman, executive director, and all of the board members for assisting us in keeping up our property-- thus making our ministry possible here in east central MS."
Sr. Janet Kreber (left) and Sr. Maggie
Sr. Janet Kreber assists Sr. Maggie as they prepare some of Brooksville peaches for freezing and for jam in July. Each peach was very precious this year; a killing frost severely limited the crop. Now the Dwelling Place pears are ripe. These are also fewer but we thank God for those we have. Stop by for peach and plum jam and for some pear marmalade! Sorry, there will be no pecans this year. Our trees were no match for the weather or the bugs.