Sister Mary Irmina Blatt recently celebrated her 102nd birthday. Sister Blatt is a Benedictine Sister of Perpetual Adoration.
This past week I spent it visiting friends at Portsmouth Abbey. Savoring the graces of Easter was an important part of my desire to be away from that which is “normal” plus visiting friends who I haven’t seen in a while was refreshing. There are 13 monks resident.
Portsmouth is a monastery of Benedictine monks under the patronage of Saint Gregory the Great. The abbey has been in Portsmouth, Rhode Island since 1926 located 7 miles north of Newport and 20 minutes south of Fall River on Narragansett Bay. The location is beautiful and for me, quintessentially “New England.” Among many things the abbey is famous for historically being populated by monks who converted to Catholicism and for the school the monks run, Portsmouth Abbey School.
Dom Elias R. Lorenzo, a monk of the Abbey of Saint Mary, has been appointed the new Prior of Sant’Anselmo in Rome, the international house of studies for Benedictines. As prior Dom Elias will be working with the Abbot Primate, Notker Wolf, as the man in charge of the daily running of the monastic community, the superior of the monks and he’ll work on special canonical projects for the Benedictine Confederation, especially with the Holy See. His competence, insight and humor will be well-received in Rome as it has been at his home abbey (as I can attest) and in his other ministries.
Dom Elias succeeds Dom Michael Naughton, a monk of Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN.
May God abundantly bless Dom Elias!
On the 5th Sunday of Lent (March 29) the Charlotte diocese co-sponsored with Belmont Abbey & College the 3rd annual Eucharistic Congress for Youth. The gathering included a procession with the Eucharist around the campus, inspirational and formative talks, the sacrament of Confession, Vespers and Benediction. Bishop Peter Jugis, Abbot Placid, Dom Kieran and Dom Edward, among other monks and religious, including 2 Capuchin friars, assisted in giving a witness to the exceptional and powerful Presence of the Lord with more than 450 students from the college and across the diocese.
This terrific Eucharistic event strengthened and gave hope to the many participants. Plus, it was a spectacular sunny day. It was a keen reminder that all of life is viewed through the lens of the Eucharist.
The gaze of the Eucharistic Lord on us and us on Him is a beautiful gesture of mercy.
Read the story here.