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So.... this is the right name and address -- Sorry for the mis-read, Non-Novi!      

 

Stijn Peeters

Servi Jesu et Mariae

Auhofstrasse 22

3372 Blindenmarkt

Austria

 

(I did figure out that it was 'Auhofstrasse' rather than 'Autostrasse'!!!   ;)

 

Your letter sounded so happy and at peace, it made me very happy when I received it.  And I put it aside to reply to with Chrismas cards... and well, let me be the first to wish you a Happy Easter! :rabbit:

 

But seriously, we will remember you on St. Joseph's Day (March 19) when you enter the Novitiate.... and when that 30 day Retreat will be so we can pray for you????

 

AND do any of the pictures on the SJM website show you? (if you want to tell us/share this)

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And I'm not on the pictures on the SJM website yet. But last year we also made a website for the Belgian "convent", where I have spend a lot of time the months before entrance. I'm on a lot of pictures there. It's in Dutch, but the text is basically the same as on the German/English website: www.dienarenvanjezusenmaria.org  (look for "Foto's")

 

So this me serving Mass. Only difference is that I don't have a beard anymore (not allowed to have one).

 

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I was just curious because I currently live a communal life (I live/work at a home of hospitality for pregnant and parenting women) and I was wondering how it compared to religious communal life. Thanks for the insight.

 

Be on the lookout for a letter from me then. I know how letters and religious life go though. I have a few friends in various stages of formation so their ability to reply varies. This also gives me an excuse to buy a few more "forever" international stamps. (Ok I'm a bit of a geek about letters and stamps).

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(I did figure out that it was 'Auhofstrasse' rather than 'Autostrasse'!!!    ;)

 

 

 

The autostrasse would have been a bit too loud and busy, wouldn't you say?  :P

 

 

 

It really made me sad to think of how noisy it would be to do ones novitiate at an Autostrasse!  

 

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But some people will do ANYTHING for God!!!!  And be JOYFUL about it!!!!

 

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Uhm, we don't live that far away from the Autostrasse... :unsure: :hehe2:  So, last day at home. Again. Tonight one of our priests is picking me up to go to our Belgian house and tomorrow after Mass we'll hit the road for Austria. This week went so fast...

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NonNovi, you have our prayers and love to follow you into the Novitiate.  Your family may come around a bit more... we will pray.

 

My bet is they will be happy when they continue to see how happy you are.... and how perfect a fit this seems to be for you.

 

We'll be praying for you and celebrating with you and St. Joseph on your clothing day!  

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 We will watch for photos on the SJM website when you become novices.

 

Do you know approximately when you will be doing that 30 Day Long Retreat?   Because we would like to pray for you and your brothers in a special way during those intense days. 

 

AnneLine is a HORRIBLE paper correspondent :paperbag:  :mail:  :paperbag: (well, the truth is out now!) but I will try to get a letter or two off to you.  But if I don't write, know I do pray! :pray:

 

Godspeed!

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Do you know approximately when you will be doing that 30 Day Long Retreat?   Because we would like to pray for you and your brothers in a special way during those intense days.

 

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Pictures from Non-Novi's entrance into the Novitiate!!!!!  (Stijn P.)

 

Can anyone translate the German?   

 

http://sjm-congregation.org/htdocs/aktuelles/2014_03_noviziat.html

 

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They aren't excited or anything!

 

Can anyone figure out which of them is Non-Novi?  This is the picture he gave us earlier in the thread, and he said it was fine to watch for him on the Servants of Jesus and Mary's website....

 

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Pictures from Non-Novi's entrance into the Novitiate!!!!! (Stijn P.)

Can anyone translate the German?

http://sjm-congregation.org/htdocs/aktuelles/2014_03_noviziat.html

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They aren't excited or anything!

Can anyone figure out which of them is Non-Novi? This is the picture he gave us earlier in the thread, and he said it was fine to watch for him on the Servants of Jesus and Mary's website....

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Looks like middle left...

The 2nd paragraph concerns the novices... It says that "On the same day [feast of St. Joseph] four novices were clothed, Boris M., Stijn P., Peter S. and Wolfgang W. With a Frenchman and a Belgian, our novitiate has become international. The year of the novitiate is a year of deepening the spiritual life and testing the vocation. We ask the Lord that he especially lead our new brothers in this important year."
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I'm figuring either 2nd or 3rd from the left... when I have some more time I'll try to look up the other pictutures on the SJM website (he gave us the link last page of this thread) because there were a lot more pictures of him and we may be able to ID him better....  If anyone has more time than I do today, feel free to give it a try....

 

regardless, he looks SOOOO happy!  :)

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