From Christmas through the month of March, an icy and snowy winter caused havoc with the scheduled monthly meetings of the Secular Augustinian Recollects here at Saint Cloud Monastery. The first meeting of the year 2015 was the Day of Recollection held on March 14 at Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York. The members of the Secular Augustinian Recollects of Saint Cloud Monastery Chapter joined those of Tagaste Monastery to hear the talks by Father John Gruben, OAR, and Father Charles Huse, OAR. Father John gave the presentation on the Year of Consecrated Life. Father Charles, citing passages from “Lámparas de Barro,” urged all to “cast off the old man; only new men can learn the new song and be renewed from their old age by grace.” Following the talks were the Stations of the Cross, led by Father Fredric Abiera, OAR, the Holy Eucharist, a delicious supper, and fruits of a Saint Joseph Table.
The meeting for the month of May was quite special. Following the recitation of the Holy Rosary and the Litany of Saint Rita, roses were blessed and distributed in honor of the feast of Saint Rita of Cascia. Members and guests enjoyed the delicious treats and one another’s company.
The culmination of our Secular Augustinian Recollects’ calendar year was held at Due Amici Restaurant in West Orange, New Jersey, with a luncheon on June 6th. It was well- attended by Father Fredric Abiera, OAR, Spiritual Director of the SARs of Saint Cloud, Father Charles Huse, OAR, Father John Gruben, OAR, from Tagaste Monastery, Peggy Evans (member of the SAR at Tagaste Monastery), and 17 SAR members and guests.