We are slowly but surely getting our “Saint Maurus Weaving Studio” organized and functioning. Saint Maurus, along with Saint Placidus, were early disciples of Saint Benedict and are both described in the “Dialogues” of Saint Gregory the Great, our only source of knowledge about Saint Benedict and his first followers.

In today’s photo, our Father Bernard, now 90 years young, watches attentively as Father Zachary demonstrates the art of spinning wool. Father Zachary spins wool from our own Navajo-Churro sheep, numbering sixteen at present. In the photo it may appear that Father Zachary is spinning with three wheels, but in fact he only uses one at a time! A recently acquired hand carved spinning wheel from Ireland seems to be his favorite at present.

We monks begin our community retreat this Sunday evening and ask for your prayers for the Retreat-giver, Father Joel Rippinger, OSB, and for each of us.

Thank you and blessed week ahead for all.

Abbot Christian and the monks