Berry Time at the Redwoods

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Berry time at the Redwoods is a team activity.   It begins with thriving bushes loaded with luscious berries...

August 10, 2022 Read More

Summer Interns

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Summer Interns have arrived!  We are hosting three young women in June and July and two more in August.  The women come from different backgrounds and educations: this summer, several interns have come to us from divinity schools around the country.  At Redwoods, they participate in a different sort of school, a schola caritas (school of charity), as our founding Cistercian fathers of the 11th century called monastic life.

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He is Risen!

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Easter Vigil. All is silent, but full of hope.
The last Adam grasps the hand of the first Adam,
And yanks him out of his grave.
The Mother of God wipes away Eve’s tears.


All around the mortal rock of the tomb,
the garden of Eden blossoms.   (Bartholomaios I, Ecumenical Patriarch)

Here are some highlights of Easter Celebrations at Redwoods:

Sr. Gertrude sings the Exultet, the Easter Proclamation.

Fr. Simeon and Sisters sing the Easter Alleluia:

Homilies:

Easter Vigils

Easter Day Mass

April 18, 2022 Read More

Go deeper this Triduum with Reflections from our Abbey

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The Triduum is a sacred time.  We spend Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a solemn ritual following the Lord as he undergoes his life-giving passion death and resurrection.  We begin with the Tenebrae which is a special prayer on Wednesday evening.  This service sets the tone for these days with the theme of alternating darkness and light.  

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Welcome to Spring - Welcome to Lent

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Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin our Lenten observance with the reception of ashes.  In this photo above, Fr Simeon, from St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer Massachusetts, distributes ashes to the sisters.


Fr. Simeon reminded us in today's homily that Lent is about new birth. It mirrors the natural environment and our experience of Spring. Like the plants and trees around us, we hope to shed winter's vestiges and become alive with new growth so that we may resurrect with Christ on Easter. 

March 02, 2022 Read More
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