October 4, 2015
Tomorrow afternoon our Prior and Infirmarian, Fr. Isaac, will board a plane and head for Novo Mundo, our daughter house in Brazil. He will be there for some fifteen days giving conferences to the community pertinent to monastic formation, particularly on St. Bernard. Ever since we made the foundation 18 years ago we’ve been sending from time to time various members of the community to give talks and maintain fraternal bonds with our daughter house.
Happy to report the community continues to grow and do well especially with native Brazilian vocations. You’ll find some statistics on the Order’s web page.  And if you are up on your Portuguese you can link to the Abbey’s site from there for further information.
Also tomorrow our observer, Samuel Luis, will return to his native India after being with us for the past six months. During that time he lived in the novitiate following the full monastic schedule as part of his on-going vocational discernment. While at home with his family he will continue discerning his vocation before making a final decision. Join us in praying that he will come to know God’s will for him and continue responding to it generously as it unfolds.
This past weekend we were happy to host our community’s lay associates, The Genesee Lay Contemplatives, for their annual retreat. Numbering in the neighborhood of 30 members they stayed at Bethlehem and Bethany retreat houses. In addition to joining the community for the Liturgy of the Hours they had a few conferences by a member of the community as part of their retreat. You can learn more about them at their web page at Genesee Lay Contemplatives. 
Meanwhile, On the Home Front. . .
. . .our Fr. John diligently and happily keeps things bright and cheery around the place these overcast Autumn days by tending to his many plants and shrubs in and around the Abbey.