Father Chris, who is now assigned to Immacalete Conception Monastery in Jamaica, will transfer to our parish in Puerto Rico at the end of the month of April. He is being sent to Puerto Rico to celebrate the English Masses there. He will be living there for approximately a year. He has been studying Spanish and hopes to gain some expertise with the Spanish language while he is there.
One benefit of his transfer is that his brother lives in Puerto Rico, not far from the parish Father Chris will be stationed at.
In the past several months since the establishment of our Mary Garden, we have had many people visit, parishioners, retreatants and other people. They have been adding small stones to the Garden from all over the country and the world. The Mary Garden has become a special place of prayer on our Monastery grounds.
Our brothers Jonathan Pabon, CP and Novice Jonathan Ramos, pre-novice, joined thousands of Puerto Ricans calling for the resignation of the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello. The massive protest included the Catholic Bishops of the island and hundreds of other men and women religious. We are grateful for their courage to do what Pope Francis has called us all to do - to 'bring the Gospel to the streets'. May we all be public witnesses calling for a world that is more just and inclusive of all people, especially the crucified of today.
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The Monastery relies on its prayer life to support the elderly priests and brothers who live in Immaculate Conception Monastery, the Health Care House of our Province. Can we help our loved ones who have died? Is there anything that we can still do for them? Can our prayers make a difference?
The answer is, yes. Pope Benedict said, "It is never too late to touch the heart of another, nor is it ever in vain. The souls of the departed can receive, 'solace and refreshment' through the Eucharist and through our prayers and charitable deeds. We believe that our love can reach into the afterlife, that reciprocal giving and receiving is possible. We believe that our affection for one another continues beyond the limits of death. It has been a fundamental conviction of Christianity, throughout the ages and it remains a source of comfort today."