JUNE 2018

Friday 1st. Record-breaking heat had our friends the swallows slowing down a lot. It was striking to see them standing almost still, on the wire and notice again how different their shape is from that of other birds.

Saturday 2nd. Some neighbours agree that birdsong before dawn has grown to sounding a bit as though it’s from some place exotic to us. Might be birds that have lost their habitat elsewhere. Early in the spring I saw one species new to me.

Sunday 3rd. Corpus Christi is low-key here, compared to some places; but in any key it is one of the most heart-warming days of the year. Brother Henry was by. We talked at the lunch table, and conversation went from Magnetic Hill in Moncton to Ferris Wheels in New Jersey, to roller coasters in Toronto. Father Roger once rode ‘the Flyer’, the CNE’s famous (around here, at least) wooden-frame roller coaster.

Crosses arriving at cemetery.


Monday 4th. New crosses were trundled out to the cemetery; looking good on the little wagon. Looking a little ominous once taken down, perched behind the crosses they’ll be replacing. It is not hard to imagine some gruff monks we knew and loved smiling with humor at it all.

Tuesday 5th. Brother Léo reported a good night’s sleep last night. Dom Innocent is continuing to organise his new office; a new printer is on the way. Each successive superior uses the office their way, personalising it in the process.

Wednesday 6th. Chicks arrived in the chicken barns Monday, and today a pipe leaked in the big barn; so once it was stopped some of the bedding had to be removed, and fresh bedding brought in: fine shavings from a sawmill. Fresh feed was put out. It went smoothly but was a gradual process which our employees handled with great patience. The chicken feed, starting out, is very fine grains, looking nearly like sand.

Thursday 7th. As Dom Innocent read from the Prologue to the Rule in Chapter this morning, it was striking to hear it again, Benedict’s beautiful thoughts as read by a new superior. At Mass, a Priest was by who writes a weekly column in new Brunswick’s one French-language daily.

Friday, 8th. A spider was hanging tough in the top pane of the kitchen window, in the basement, this morning. Such confidence! Behind him or her, some greenery, a lovely sky. But not every spider is as content. The spider community is not happy with what has been going on in our former dairy barn; pressure washing. Hard to imagine spiders more at home than they were, there. They were peppy decorators.

Saturday 9th.  In the Sacristy this morning, there was a trace of incense aroma left from yesterday’s Solemnity. An old friend reappeared for the Offices. Part of our prayer, part of God’s secret is with them and so having folks back, or away, teaches us something. In Moncton, Brother Henry’s baseball cap seemed to go missing briefly today. Another nurse went in to look—there it was, on the desk.

Sunday 10th. At Mass, there was a real variety of faces. At Compline, one fellow who had been at Mass re-appeared. At night we are, some of us, firing up our little electric heaters. Below zero again tonight.

MAY 2018

Tuesday 1st. Brother Stephan, now freed from morning milking, is able to attend Vigils at 3:40 for the first time in many years. Dom Innocent made a friendly visit to the Trappistines today, sharing Mass and lunch and a good part of the day with them. We had the tires changed on the Ford truck.… Continue Reading

APRIL 2018

Sunday 1st. It is a unique feeling to see neighbours rolling in, very early in the day, for the blessing of the Easter Fire leading up to Eucharist. Everyone in assistance seems more present; more implicated then. Father Bede presided, and for the homily, read Saint John Chrysostom’s Easter Homily: “Let no one mourn that… Continue Reading

MARCH 2018

Thursday 1st. In the night, clouds slightly obscured the moon which, this night, will be full. On a clear night, the full moon can provide quite a lovely vista here, a little like in a storybook. Medical wrappings were removed from the cows’ treated hooves this afternoon. ‘Sede vacante’ went into effect today, and we… Continue Reading


Thursday 1st. We’ve learned of the passing of someone who had helped Father Clovis produce apple juice over many seasons. The world she closed her eyes on was the better for having known one so gentle. Friday 2nd. In the night, a bit of ice slid down the steep barn roof. The moon was barely… Continue Reading


  Monday 1st. Some funny looking cheeses appeared on a cheese board in the refectory for breakfast: a treat -we must be into a new year! In Chapter, we each greete d all the other monks for the first time this year, and out came the calendars. The Abbot shows us the different calendars we’ve… Continue Reading

December 2017

Friday 1st. This afternoon, mild and very humid out, it smelled like spring. The humidity was hurting our youngest full-time farmer’s arthritis. Our refectory book is getting into the nitty gritty of proceedings just before the fourth of July 1776 in the USA. It’s been said, and not as a criticism, that Americans differ from… Continue Reading

November 2017

Wednesday 1st. Feast of All Saints – 115th anniversary of our foundation. Dom Bede gave a nice homily at Mass which, with only a few attending, had an intimate feel. During Mass, you could just hear the skid steer moving about on the farm; leaves having fallen, farm life acoustics are better than ever! Thursday 2nd.… Continue Reading

October 2017

Sunday 1st. This morning, sunlight was touching the scaffolding on the south, front side of the future repair shop. Pigeons and starlings can be seen there sometimes, other times no. Crows and pigeons seem to be more numerous now that the barn swallows have more or less disappeared. Brother Glic says the Generalate in Rome… Continue Reading

September 2017

Monday 4th. Father Roger made some tomato juice from garden tomatoes today. I asked a guest how she’d enjoyed her long weekend here. ‘Not long enough’, she said. Others stopping by, or staying: gentlemen of the road; New Englanders reconnecting with Canadian roots; people from Northern NB returning to rediscover a monastery from their childhood.… Continue Reading

Our Lady of Calvary Abbey
11505 Route 126, Rogersville NB, E4Y 2N9
Tel : 506 775 2331
E-mail : calvary1902@gmail.com

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