Dear friend in Christ,

"I thank my God every time I remember you." (Philippians 1:3)

For many years it's been our tradition to celebrate Gratitude Day in August. This year that wasn't possible due to the coronavirus. However, I think many sisters recalled the quote from Philippians which is usually read at the Gratitude Day prayer service and said a prayer of thanks for the many people who have blessed us throughout the year with their gifts. You can find a list of our 2019–2020 donors on our website. Thanks to each and every one of you.

The summer is almost over. Sure signs that this is the case are the fact that it's Labor Day next week and students are returning to school in whatever way that may happen. For everyone, the coming fall has a very different look; I have two prayer requests related to that fact. On Labor Day, please pause to pray for all those who have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus or whose employment is uncertain. Secondly, the College of Saint Benedict has asked the sisters to pray for their students, faculty and staff as classes begin this week. We invite you to join with us and ask that everyone behaves responsibly, considering the common good.

Stay safe, stay masked and keep your distance!