Thursday, May 20, 2010
Visit to the Trappist Monastery in Holland, MB
On April 15th, while waiting for the Caritas banquet to start, I made the hour and a half journey to Holland, Manitoba, where the Trappist Monastery is located. There a community of 11 Trappist monks live out their lives dedicated to prayer and work (ora et labore). Though the farming activity has been scaled back, they still make and sell their well known cheese.
I was able to join the monks for Nones, their prayer at 1:30 after lunch. Not comfortable in taking a picture while we were praying, I took this picture of their beautiful chapel on my way out.
The main purpose of my visit of course was to visit these two esteemed holy men of God, Bishop Emeritus Noel Delaquis, bishop of the former diocese of Gravelbourg, and Fr. Norman Schurter, a diocesan priest who served in our archdiocese. Both have taken on a new life as Trappist monks. Norman is fully professed, while Bishop Noel still has a year and a half to make a final decision. We had a brief but very warm visit that was long overdue.
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