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Dear Oblates,

Peace to you and I trust you are well. Fall is here in the Pecos Valley and after the recent rains it is so beautiful. God's creation is a joy to behold.
Our recent oblate retreat was one of the best we have had. Our presenter, Judith Valente, captured the hearts of many and we are grateful to her for driving all the way out here to host the retreat for us. I have asked her to come back next year to be our presenter again- and I think we will add a day to the retreat schedule so that she can be more fully appreciated in her presentations.
There were the regular attendees but also some new faces, and others who wanted to come just to be here - two ladies drove from Arizona and told me they had a wonderful time with us.
Most stayed through the weekend for our Labor Day picnic which was held on the patio area of the Dove building - the weather held up for us and a good time was had by all. Oblate Dana and his wife Lisa were here with their new baby - just a few months old.
Oblate in residence Marilyn Payer is away on home leave and comes back to us on the 28th, just in time to help us with this years Gala Dinner and Fundraiser on October 6th- for those who like the silent auction we have been blessed by so many beautiful donations, so I'm sure it will go well.
Tickets are available so please call the reservations Office at ext 112 if you would like to purchase one and reserve a room for the night (special rate of $50.00 per room).

Please remember we rely on your help in various ways, and you are invited to come and spend some time with us to volunteer your time and God given talents.
Special thanks and prayers to those of you who consistently help us.
You are all remembered in our daily prayers and in my masses.

God bless you, and thank you.

Fr. Aidan, OSB