Starets

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  • Birthday 06/19/1963

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  1. Starets added a post in a topic: Monkish Humor   

    "The good die young, the smart ones leave and here we are."
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. Starets added a post in a topic: 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.
  7. Starets added a post in a topic: 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.
  8. 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
  9. Starets added a post in a topic: Another New Postulant!   

    That is great to hear.
  10. Starets added a post in a topic: Solemn Profession   

    Wonderful news indeed
  11. Starets added a post in a topic: I Made It 3 Weeks   

    Oh my goodness, Lillabett. I am sorry to have read this. I am glad that you are out and safe.
  12. Starets added a post in a topic: It's A Shocking Thing... But We've Known It Would Happen....   

    Happy Birthday
     
    (to the tune of the Volga Boatman)
     
    THE BIRTHDAY DIRGE
    tune: "Volga Boatmen"

    Happy Birthday! <thud!> Happy Birthday! <thud!>
    1. Now you've aged another year
    Now you know that Death is near
    Happy Birthday! <thud!> Happy Birthday! <thud!>

    1a. So you've aged another year
    Now you know that Death is near

    2. Children dying far and near
    They say that cancer's caused by bheer

         2a. Children dying everywhere
         Women crying in despair

    3. Death, destruction, and despair
    People dying everywhere

    3a. Doom and gloom and dark despair
    People dying everywhere!

    3b. Doom, destruction, and despair
    Grief and sorrow fill the air

    3c. Doom, destruction, and despair
    People dying everywhere

    3d. Death and gloom and black despair
    People dying everywhere

    3e. Pain destruction and despair
    People dying everywhere

    4. Typhoid, plague and polio
    Coffins lined up in a row

    5. Now that you're the age you are
    Your demise cannot be far

    5a. Now you are the age you are
    Your demise cannot be far

    5b. When you've reached the age you are
    Your demise cannot be far

    Other Common Verses:

    6. Black Death has just struck your town
    You yourself feel quite run-down

    6a. Pestilence has struck your town
    You yourself feel quite run-down

    7. Birthdays come but once a year
    Marking time as Death draws near

    8. Long ago your hair turned grey
    Now it's falling out, they say

    8a. Soon your hair will all turn grey
    Then fall out (or so they say)

    The Viking/Barbarian Verses:

    9. Burn the castle and storm the keep
    Kill the women, but save the sheep

    9a. Hear the women wail and weep
    Kill them all, but spare the sheep

    9b. May the women wail and weep
    kill them all, but save the sheep

    10. Burn, then rape by firelight
    Add _romance_ to life tonight

    11. Indigestion's what you get
    From the enemies you 'et

    12. May the candles on your cake
    Burn like cities in your wake.

    12a. May the cities in your wake
    Burn like candles on your cake,

    13. May the children in the street
    Be your barbequeing meat

    13a. We love children, yes we do
    Baked or broiled or in a stew

    14. May your deeds with sheep and yaks
    Equal those with sword and axe

    14a. May your deeds with sword and axe
    Equal those with sheep and yaks

    15. They stole your sword, your gold, your house
    Took your sheep but not your spouse

    16. This one lesson you must learn
    First you pillage, then you burn

    17. While you eat your birthday stew
    We will loot the town for you,

    The SCA Verses:

    18. We brought linen, white as cloud
    Now we'll sit and sew your shroud

    19. You're a period cook, its true
    Ask the beetles in the stew

    20. Your servants steal, your wife's untrue
    Your children plot to murder you

    Other Verses:

    21. Fear and gloom and darkness but
    No one found out you-know-what

    21a. Just be glad the friends you've got
    Haven't found out you-know-what

    22. I'm a leper, can't you see
    Have a birthday kiss from me

    23. It's your birthday never fear
    You'll be dead this time next year

    24. Now another year has passed
    Don't look now they're gaining fast!

    24a. So far Death you have bypassed
    Don't look back, he's gaining fast

    25. Now you've lived another year
    Age to you is like stale beer

    26. Now your jail-bait days are done
    Let's go out and have some fun

    27. See the wrinkles on your face
    Like the pattern of fine lace

    28. Were I sitting in your shoes
    I'd go out and sing the blues

    29. So you're 29 again
    Don't tell lies to your good friend

    29a. Tho you're turning 29
    Age to you is like fine wine

    30. You must marry very soon
    Baby's due the next full moon

    31. When you've reached this age you know
    That the mind is first to go
  13. Starets added a post in a topic: Father Benedict Groeschel Died   

    I never met him but I remember some of his broadcasts on EWTN. I met some of the CFR's in Albuquerque and have stayed at their friary a couple times.
  14. Starets added a post in a topic: Weird Things Non-catholics Have Told You   

    I was told that all monks are homosexuals. I was 13 at the time and did not know what a Homosexual was or why that was a Bad Thing
  15. Starets added a post in a topic: Talk To Me About High School Maths   

    I graduated in 1981 in Yorkton SK and even back then the only province with a Grade 13 was Ontario. And it was uphill and against the wind both ways :hehe2: