Today we Benedictine will celebrate the summer feast of St. Benedict. Our nearby neighbor, Saint Leo University will be hosting a BBQ lunch for the monks of Saint Leo Abbey, the university staff and us, the Sisters of Holy Name Monastery. What a grand way to celebrate our legacy and Benedictine values.
Now, those of you who follow the calendar of the saints may question did we not celebrated St. Benedict back in March? Yes, the very same one, the twin of St. Scholastica. You see that date usually falls during Lent when the church does not smile on a grandiose celebration with Alleluias and full festivity. In 1981, reaffirmed in 1989, the Council of Benedictine Abbots decreed that July 11th henceforth be celebrated as the Feast of Benedict, Patriarch of Western Monasticism.
~Sister Roberta Bailey, OSB, Prioress