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Dear Oblates,

As I met with Marilyn Payer this afternoon (our resident oblate) I'm prompted to update the Oblate page.

I hope you are doing well as we move into Lent. We had a lovely Ash Wednesday morning mass here with a lot of people present to receive their ashes. I hope you will be blessed, and that this Lent will be one of understanding the reality of the cross, as we make our penitential pilgrimage toward the celebration of new life through the mystery and glory of the cross.

I hear from my MC (Br Martin) that we will be having a donkey here on Palm Sunday, intended for me to 'attempt' to sit on as we process from the monastery front gate into the Chapel. I have never ridden a donkey, but perhaps the Lord will help me maintain my balance. Our Holy Week retreat is still open for reservations, and the only cost is the room charge for the presentations, everyone is welcome!

The days are lengthening now and there are signs of new life all around. I took Sophie for a walk this afternoon and there is more and more green grass appearing, along with buds on the many tress on our property. The river is flowing well with the snow melt, birds are returning to the willows and pond all is well.

I thank you for your ongoing support without which we couldn't do what we do. I hope you enjoy our website as we continue to update it and make changes. May the Lord bless you for all of your support.

In Christ, Abbot Aidan, OSB oliv