Dear friend in Christ,

"Rejoice in the LORD always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4)

This is a time of year when there is a lot of opportunity to rejoice. The long, hard winter is over, and we're seeing signs of new life and growth all around the monastery campus. We're now in the second week of Eastertide, so our liturgies are filled with invitations to rejoice as we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ through the 50 days leading up to Pentecost.

This coming Saturday, May 4, we'll have an opportunity to rejoice with sisters celebrating the 75th and 60th anniversaries of monastic profession. I'm sure you'll want to know who these sisters are because many of you will remember them as teachers and health care and parish workers:

75th: Ss. Jonathan Herda and Mary Jane Slaney.
60th: Ss. Adelia Sirek, Alice Imdieke, Bridget Donaldson, Cecelia Prokosch, Christine Manderfeld, Elizabeth Theis, Georganne Burr, Geraldine Zierden, Gracemarie Maiers, Ione Jesh, Jean Juenemann, Joan Schafer, Katherine Kraft, Lucy Miller, Marina Schlangen, Marlene Meierhofer, Mary Mandernach, Mary Reuter, Patricia Ostrander.

We'll be able to share photographs of the day in the next issue of Monastery Musings. For now, we ask you to say a prayer of joyful gratitude for their lives and service.

On the subject of anniversaries, I've been asked to put in a reminder about my 10th anniversary of profession blog. You can read it on my Blogspot, Seeking God: One Woman's Journey .