Starets

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  • Birthday 06/19/1963

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  • Religion Catholic
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  • Location New Mexico

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  1. Starets added a post in a topic What's Next in the Courts' Sexual Revolution?   

    ... with pedophilia coming in a close second:
    Now look who wants equal rights?
  2. Starets added a post in a topic Ireland Reff/ Marriage   

    ​That would certainly go a long way towards explaining Richard Bennett. I was astounded by his story of being an ordained priest in Ireland and yet knowing so little of Catholic doctrine. Now I understand how he could have been led astray so easily
  3. Starets added a post in a topic Carla Discerning Vocation   

    I wish you well with your entrance, Carla. You are on my prayer list
  4. Starets added a topic in Vocation Station   

    7 ordinations
    This morning saw a packed house at the Cathedral Basilica as 7 men including one of our oblates were ordained to the priesthood. This was the largest "batch" of ordinations since the mid 60s. There are 7 more men heading off to seminary for the archdiocese and there are 35 men in various stages of formation in seminary already. 5 men are slated to be ordained next year. How is everyone else's diocese/archdiocese doing for ordinations to the priesthood?
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  5. Starets added a post in a topic Ireland Reff/ Marriage   

    I think this Daily Beast article nails it pretty succinctly:
     
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/22/how-irish-gay-marriage-isn-t-like-america-s.html
  6. Starets added a post in a topic bringing religious objects to monastery   

    I was not given any sort of list of what to bring but the general rule is that less is more. All my worldly possessions fit in 2 suitcases a carry on bag and a computer bag. If you can get your belongings down to that or less you will be fine, generally speaking.
  7. Starets added a post in a topic Monkish Humor   

    "The good die young, the smart ones leave and here we are."
  8. Starets added a post in a topic little question on titles   

    Mother Superior is simply the superior of the community. Prioress would be used if the monastery is a Priory and she is the superior. Also if the monastery is an abbey and she is second-in-command then she would be the Prioress. Aside from Novice Mistress there would usually be Cellarer (business manager). There's also cooking, cleaning and maintenance work to do. There might be a gardener as well, or farmer if there is a lot of land. There would be a sacristan as well. There's certainly no shortage of work to do!
  9. Starets added a post in a topic What to do/know about Québec and Canada ?   

    Ottawa has many low-floor busses and the main bus terminals are easily accessible by wheelchair. Prices are written without taxes
  10. Starets added a post in a topic What to do/know about Québec and Canada ?   

    French is vital in Quebec once you are away from the touristy areas,
    the standard tip in north america is 15%
    there are four basilicas in Montreal, two in Ottawa. all are worth visiting. Ste-anne-de-beaupre and Madeline du Cap are good places to visit as well
    In Ottawa you should eat at The Fish Market. they have a very large selection of fresh fish you can choose from. For a drink go to the Highlander Pub or the Earl of Sussex pub.
    in Ottawa go to Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica or St. Clement's
  11. Starets added a post in a topic Where Are You In Your Discernment? Version 3.0   

    The community has changed positively in every possible respect since I last posted about my vocational discernment. I have been here for about 22 months now. My private prayer life has improved enormously, especially in the last two months. I have apparently "blossomed" quite a bit. Not quite sure what that means as I am not a flower. The Juniors are all becoming much more of a unit. That is good because the average age of the Seniors is over 75. If the place does get closed down i can easily transfer to another Olivetan community. The Archbishop and the Abbot General both want to keep it open however. Even the grounds are in better shape  than they were at my arrival!
  12. Starets added a topic in Vocation Station   

    A Visit To Westminster Abbey
    No, not THAT Westminster Abbey. There is another one near Vancouver Canada in the small city of Mission. It is part of the Swiss American confederation of Benedictine monasteries. As is typical of that congregation, it runs a seminary as its primary apostolate. They have a minor seminary of about 30 high school aged boys from grades 9-12. There are also about a dozen men in their major seminary. The monastery itself is on 200 acres and they do grow some of their own food. They are self sufficient in eggs, for example, and they do have a couple head of Charolais(sp?) cattle. They have a guest house with 40 rooms and a couple dining areas. The boys lived in dormitory style housing with their classes on a different floor. The men had a separate building where they had private rooms and a shared lavatory on one floor and their classes on another floor. Both the boys and the men have their own sets of "household chores" to keep the place running. this helps to keep tuition down, as you can well imagine. there are about 20 monks in their community including a couple Postulants. There is a wide range of ages in the community, from early 20s to early 90s.
     
    Like so many institutional building built in the postwar years, there is an awful lot of brick, cinder block and concrete. The Abbey Church, completed in 1982 is a magnificent structure. 200 feet long, a good 60 feet wide and about as high with columns designed to evoke a Gothic-style church. But it is an awful lot of concrete! there are some bas-reliefs that one of the monks has added over the ensuing years but those too are made from concrete. The altar is made of solid granite from Minnesota. There is also a Eucharistic chapel. The monks sit in two large choir stalls that have a capacity of about 20 a side.
     
    They follow a two week monastic horarium. They chant in English with their own prayer books.. Mass is with the priest facing the monks. the Graduale Romanum is used for Mass, along with a couple other books.
     
    i spent three days there in silent retreat and two days travelling there and back. There is a LRT line that will take you from Vancouver airport to downtown and back and a commuter train that will take you to and from Mission. It was a great and restful time. too bad the guest house has a 7 day maximum stay policy! I wanted to make a two week trip.
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  13. Starets added a topic in Vocation Station   

    A Visit To Westminster Abbey
    No, not THAT Westminster Abbey. There is another one near Vancouver Canada in the small city of Mission. It is part of the Swiss American confederation of Benedictine monasteries. As is typical of that congregation, it runs a seminary as its primary apostolate. They have a minor seminary of about 30 high school aged boys from grades 9-12. There are also about a dozen men in their major seminary. The monastery itself is on 200 acres and they do grow some of their own food. They are self sufficient in eggs, for example, and they do have a couple head of Charolais(sp?) cattle. They have a guest house with 40 rooms and a couple dining areas. The boys lived in dormitory style housing with their classes on a different floor. The men had a separate building where they had private rooms and a shared lavatory on one floor and their classes on another floor. Both the boys and the men have their own sets of "household chores" to keep the place running. this helps to keep tuition down, as you can well imagine. there are about 20 monks in their community including a couple Postulants. There is a wide range of ages in the community, from early 20s to early 90s.
     
    Like so many institutional building built in the postwar years, there is an awful lot of brick, cinder block and concrete. The Abbey Church, completed in 1982 is a magnificent structure. 200 feet long, a good 60 feet wide and about as high with columns designed to evoke a Gothic-style church. But it is an awful lot of concrete! there are some bas-reliefs that one of the monks has added over the ensuing years but those too are made from concrete. The altar is made of solid granite from Minnesota. There is also a Eucharistic chapel. The monks sit in two large choir stalls that have a capacity of about 20 a side.
     
    They follow a two week monastic horarium. They chant in English with their own prayer books.. Mass is with the priest facing the monks. the Graduale Romanum is used for Mass, along with a couple other books.
     
    i spent three days there in silent retreat and two days travelling there and back. There is a LRT line that will take you from Vancouver airport to downtown and back and a commuter train that will take you to and from Mission. It was a great and restful time. too bad the guest house has a 7 day maximum stay policy! I wanted to make a two week trip.
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  14. Starets added a post in a topic Bishop Schneider: "obvious Manipulation" At Synod   

    I liked what the bishop had to say, and that is all I am going to say on the subject
  15. Starets added a post in a topic Another New Postulant!   

    That is great to hear.