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Oblates

Dear Oblates,

Peace to you and I hope you are all doing well. First let me thank those of you who made the effort (for some a great effort) to come to the Oblate Retreat in September. I say great effort, because Sherry Burns and her husband Don went to great lengths to leave Houston in the midst of the hurricane. Thank you Sherry and Don!

I think the retreat went well, Sr Laura from Holy Angels Convent in Arkansas was warmly welcomed and I was happy to have here here with us. It is my wish to maintain and nurture our relationship with our Olivetan Sisters at Holy Angels Convent.

Thanks also to JoAnn Turner who has stepped up to the plate and has already come back to the monastery to help me in my office, and she is making plans to come back again before the end of the year. As I have said many times, we value our oblates and rely on your help in many ways.

As you know we have Marilyn Payer as a part-time resident oblate, and we now have Alicia Perez who lives with us in the oblate residence. We thank them both for their commitment to the monastery and for all they do, which is sometimes a lot. When it's time for their home leave I think they must be more than ready to go.

We continue to receive interest and new applications to the oblate program and we are very thankful. We rely so much on all of you to help us as we continue, as a small community, in need of vocations, to build up the body of Christ on earth. In all things may God be glorified.

We have closed our gift shop through the winter so that we can paint it and clean it up. I have contacted new vendors to bring in more and varied merchandise to offer for those who shop with us. I must acknowledge and thank Linda from the Cathedral Basilica Gift Shop in Santa Fe who has helped me in this process, and who will come out and rearrange the display counters ready for the re-opening of our shop in the spring.

The roof on the hermitages has major weather damage causing water to leak into the rooms from the recent rains. I have a roofer coming out to take a look and give me an estimate on the repair, which will probably be high because of the scope of the work. Br Jacobs parents have already offered to help with the cost, if anyone else would like to help out please let me know. The hermitages are very popular and always book out through the summer.

We thank you for your ongoing support, especially those who have donated to the annual winter utility appeal which will help defray the high cost of propane this winter. I hope to see you here next year, and please contact me should you wish to come and spend some time here as a volunteer - many hands make light work!

Practice random acts of kindness, and senseless acts of beauty....

God bless you, you remain in our daily prayers and Sunday Mass.

In Christ, Abbot Aidan, OSB oliv