May 01, 2007

May 1: me monk meandering back to monastery today

The whirlwind of farewells and "closing shop" at the parish is practically over. The last day of my assignment at St. Therese Catholic Church was Monday, April 30.

Probably no blogging from me for a few days.

Click HERE to read "One Monk's Monastery."

Click HERE to visit "The Monastery's Own Place."

We have about 130 acres, of which our buildings occupy only a small part.

Our abbey church is under the blue square or diamond shaped roof at the bottom of the following photograph. Our rectangular abbey library and the buildings housing our rooms line up going north-northwest of our church (that is, from the church towards the upper left corner of the photograph).

My room is in the second building down from the top left of the following photograph.

The buildings housing our rooms each have six rooms, and each room has a partially walled garden. In the following photograph, my garden and room are the fifth from the top of the photograph.


Blogger Jeff said...

Is it my imagination or does your garden look rather lusher than some of the others?


Will you be glad to be getting back?

12:22 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

The monk "south" of me has more a desert garden.

The ones immediately to the north: one belongs to a monk away at school, so it is barren for now; the others are planted minimally.

The "southernmost" monk in the "northernmost" building has recreated the SouthVietnamese jungle that was his homeland.

In the second photograph, the white circle in the middel of the top half of the photograph is a water tank. The blue-roofed building to the west/left of that houses rooms for eight monks.

We have rooms for thirty-eight monks, the abbot's room, and three infirmary rooms.

The buildings in the southeast/bottom-right quarter of the photograph make up the guesthouse/retreathouse.

I am glad to be going back.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous MM said...

speaking of that vietnamese monk, your last day is 4/30 which is the fall of Saigon.
If you may, may you plzzzzzzzzzzz
remember in your last mass tomm for all those who have died in the VN esp those who had fought for freedom and who died trying to escape to freedom esp for the repose soul of my grandpa Phero.

a young viet college student

11:34 PM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

Do you call them rooms or cells?

5:16 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

We call thems "cells." I did not use that word in order to save me from having to explain it.

Here goes anyway.

The English word "cell" comes from the Latin "cella" that means something like "compartment." It is the origin of the word "cell" in the sense of the cells of our bodies, and the cells in which prisoners and monks live.

11:16 AM  

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