I spent a few hours today at Saint Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA, and then later in the day had lunch with a friend, Msgr. Robert Johnson in Worcester. It was beautifully sunny but incredibly cold.
Spencer's abbey has always held a special place in my heart because of the beauty of the location --on top of a hill with rolling fields and lakes-- and because of friendship I share with some of the monks and the sacred Liturgy.
Saint Joseph's Abbey is a monastic house of monks of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (OCSO), the Trappists.
I even stopped by the Holy Rood Guild and purchased an icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and a linen amice.
See the monks' blog that's periodically update, here.