On the evening of February 9th, our Father Seraphim renewed for one year his temporary monastic vows of obedience, stability and conversion of life. He did this in the presence of the abbot and community of Christ in the Desert
Father Seraphim is our main organist at the daily Conventual Mass and Divine Office, as well as principal horse wrangler (at present we have four horses for pleasure riding and work). In addition, Father Seraphim makes fine soaps, lotions, lip balm, candles, cologne and perfume, products that we sell in our Giftshop here at the monastery.
Like Father Seraphim, a number of our monks wear several hats, which greatly helps in keeping the monastery running (at least relatively!) smoothly. The varied work assignments, both indoor and outdoor, seems to suit most individuals well.
In today’s photo, Father Seraphim is pictured beneath the mural in our refectory, between the images of Saint Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, and Saint Clare, collaborator of Saint Francis of Assisi. The Feast of Saint Scholastica is February 10th, which coincides with the date of Father Seraphim’s first profession of vows in 2020.
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Abbot Christian and the monks