Dear Friends and Benefactors,
Peace to you all.
Here we are moving through the summer months - 'time marches on and waits for no man', as they say. As I'm sure we are all aware, it has been hotter than usual in many parts of the country, and indeed in many parts of the world. Our heat continues here and it has been more humid than normal for this time of the year. But, the river is flowing and is a welcome attraction to our guests who wander down there and find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the beauty of nature.
I travelled to Italy at the end of June for ten days for a meeting at our Archabbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. As usual, I flew into Venice and stayed at our monastery in Lendinara. It was of course during the first heat wave that hit Europe - the day time temperature was around 100 degrees with high humidity. Nevertheless, I managed my early morning and late evening walks around the town.
As you know, I always enjoy my time in Italy, and come back refreshed - even after meetings and flights there and back.
We have finished the renovation of the guest house and are receiving very favorable comments from our guests. I will try to get some photos from the contractor and put them up on the website so you can see how good it looks. We are very grateful to the Catholic Foundation in Albuquerque for giving us a grant toward the overall cots of the renovation. We also thank Anthony Anaya, Independent Contractor Solutions for taking on the big task for us - he did a great job, and we are very grateful. If you're a local, and you want a good contractor, I highly recommend him.
We continue to be busy with our retreat season - and one of our locals purchased a large air conditioner unit for the Dove building, so now our groups can meet in a cool space!
Annette Hernandez my Administrative Assistant is heading up the Gala Committee this year and is kept bust with that. This will be our fourth year to host it, and I have a feeling that this one might be one of the best. So, if you are interested you can find more information by clicking on the link on the Home Page. We have also made it easier to purchase your tickets online.
As always, we appreciate all you do for us, and all the love you show us, especially those from our local community of Pecos.
You are remembered in my daily mass intentions.
Fr. Aidan, OSB oliv