Who doesn’t love a good party?

It’s been a few days since the birthday celebration but the balloons decorating the dining room continue to fly high and are a constant reminder of a wonderful celebration. Last Sunday the community came together to be grateful for 50 years of living in this particular monastery building. The cornerstone reads 1969 and we came together to remember and to celebrate the courage and vision of the sisters who had a dream and then worked very hard to bring it to fruition. As a result, we enjoy this beautiful home with great gratitude to the many who have gone before us and those still among us who made it possible.

To quote Sister Val’s blog (Walking in the Holy Presence): “Fifty years ago the community moved from its inner-city motherhouse on East 9th Street seven miles east to Harborcreek. We can call that period an ‘in-between’ time because the move occurred amidst Vatican II and the renewal of religious communities.

By entering into a new home, it called for renewal of customs and traditions that had been familiar to the sisters. This allowed the community to create a much more open way of life. Hearing the stories of this time gave me, yet again, a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices of our sisters to turn the Mount into the welcoming and loving monastery it is today.”

A shout-out to Sister Susan Doubet, subprioress, who spearheaded the celebration with the help of the many who attended to details, especially our kitchen staff who provided a wonderful supper. Special thanks also go to Sister Theresa Zoky, archivist, and her assistant Sister Janet Goetz. They put together several amazing displays that chronicled the history and the events that unfolded into the monastery we call home.