Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Late Spring and Early Summer Happenings around the Monastery

 Glory to Jesus Christ! 

As we enter the home stretch of the Apostles' Fast, we wanted to share with you a bit about what's been happening around the monastery. 

Spring Work Day

We are so grateful to all those who came out to help at our Spring Work Day. This year's work day was shorter than usual, with just a few hours to get all of the jobs done. We were able to get everything done with an hour to spare before Vespers. It was amazing! So thank you so much to everyone who was able to come, and thank you as well to those who wanted to come but couldn't because registration filled up. 

We hope to see you all again at our Fall Work Day on October 14th. 

Annual Retreats

Over the last month, a few of the nuns have had the opportunity to go away for their annual retreats. We're all so grateful for these opportunities to rest and spend some very intentional time with the Lord, diving deeper into experiencing everything He's already giving us. A few weeks ago, Mother Natalia and Sister Onuphria were both on retreat at the same monastery and went out for a hike together part way through. Here's a photo they took of themselves enjoying some natural beauty midway through their hike.  

Fun at Home while our Sisters are Away 

Since many of our nuns have been going out for their annual retreats and home visits in the last month, we have had the fun of having different assortments of nuns at home. 

This past week, Mother Cecilia, Mother Petra, and Sister Onuphria were the only ones home for Sunday night community recreation. They realized that we have three hammocks, so a plan was hatched: take the hammocks to this beautiful spot at a nearby park and read some of our favorite poems to each other. They had a beautiful time together. 

A couple weeks earlier, Mother Gabriella, Mother Iliana, and Mother Petra were the only ones home on Sunday night, so they were able to go out to the shore of Lake Erie to enjoy some time on the beach. What a great gift to get to enjoy creation and community! 

Preparing for the Election of a New Hegumena 

Since Mother Theodora discerned to step down from her position as hegumena (abbess) in April, we as a monastery have entered a season of transition and discernment.  In order to focus more fully on the Lord during this time, we are not scheduling more poustinias or retreats until further notice. We are also taking a break from scheduling guests to join us for meals until after the election for a new hegumena, after which point we may begin scheduling again. We also discerned to not accept invitations to give talks or retreats until further notice.  Please trust with us in the fruitfulness of our union with the Lord, both for us and for you, and be assured of our presence alongside you in prayer.

Please keep us in prayer as we prepare to elect a new hegumena in July. Thank you!

Join us in Prayer! 

As always, we'd love to have you join us for any of our services each day. It's always a good idea to give us a call or send us an email ahead of time just to make sure we didn't need to change our schedule on the particular day you want to come. In general, we pray Matins at 6:30 am, one of the Hours at noon, Vespers at 4:45 pm, and Compline at 9:00pm. On Sundays, we don't have prayer at noon, and we pray Compline privately in our cells.

Our Divine Liturgy schedule can be found here

Another upcoming opportunity to pray with us is at our Eparchy's annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch. This year's pilgrimage will be on August 19th and 20th. On Saturday, there will be the Blessing of Water and Moleben to the Theotokos, Divine Liturgy and an evening campfire and chat. Sunday will include Matins, activities for children and teens, and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. No registration is required. We hope to see you there! 

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Eternal Memory, Sr. Adalberta

Sr. Adalberta, one of the two Social Mission Sisters from Hungary who preceded Christ the Bridegroom Monastery in this house in Burton, Ohio, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, June 16. She and Sr. Flora (who passed away in 2015) served the pilgrims to the Shrine of Our Lady of Mariapoch for decades. Shortly before our monastery was founded, they both moved to Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio, and when finding out about our desires to found a monastery, they gave us their house and property. 

Visiting Sr. Adalberta (left) & Sr. Flora (seated) at Regina Health Center, March 2012
When we visited Sr. Adalberta at Regina Health Center, she would always pour hospitality upon us. She would abandon her walker and disappear down the hallway and come back with a chair so that we would all have a place to sit! Even when we visited her recently when she was on hospice, she was still somehow full of energy, sitting on the edge of her bed and making sure there were enough seats. Sr. Adalberta was deeply prayerful, and when we didn't find her in her room we knew where to look: the chapel. It was often difficult for her to communicate with words with us, because her main language was Hungarian and her English wasn't very good, but it didn't matter because she communicated with love. Though we never knew her in her days of cooking chicken and rice dinners at the shrine and loving the pilgrims here, our moments spent with her at Regina tell us much about what her service at the shrine must have been like.

Sr. Adalberta was Roman Catholic and probably had a great devotion to the Sacred Heart; she fell asleep in the Lord on the Roman Catholic Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. In the photo above, there is an image of the Sacred Heart right behind her.

Please join us in praying for the soul of Sr. Adalberta. The obituary and funeral arrangements are given below:

Sister Mary Adalberta Rohaly, SM (Teresa)

Died: June 16, 2023

Age: 92, born September 12, 1930

Preceded in death by: parents, Rosa and Martin and two sisters, Mary and Helen

Special friend of Karen Thrasher, Mary Smith and Sr. Margaret Taylor, SIW.  

Sr. Mary Adalberta, SM was born in Faj, Hungary, the second of three children.  Her older sister was Mary and her younger sister was Helen.  She had a very religious upbringing as her father was a shoemaker who also assisted at the village church by ringing the bells and working in the sacristy for 25 years.

Sr. Mary Adalberta came to know the Social Mission Sisters because her pastor’s mother knew of them.  She entered the Order at age 15.

Sr. Mary Adalberta began her ministry by teaching kindergarten for twenty years.  In 1971, she came to Burton, Ohio, to minister at the Byzantine Shrine of Mariapoch.  She kept a very busy schedule of welcoming all the visitors to the Shrine over many years.  She compared herself to being “Veronica” as she responded to the needs of the Shrine visitors.  She worked with Sr. Flora Kovics in cooking Sunday dinner for the pilgrims to the Shrine; preparing for the Sunday Mass as well as keeping a religious goods store in their convent.  She and Sr. Flora even kept up with all the lawn mowing of the Shrine grounds.  

Sr. Mary Adalberta celebrated her 70th Jubilee of Religious Life in 2020.  She was always caring, sensitive and loving.  A good holy nun, she was prayerful, faithful and loyal to hours of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration.

Regina Health Center welcomed Sr. Mary Adalberta on January 4, 2008.

Wake:   Regina Health Center Chapel                  Funeral: Regina Health Center Chapel

             5232 Broadview Rd.-Richfield                Tuesday, June 20, 2023

             Tuesday, June 20, 2023                            11:00 a.m.

             10:00 am – 11:00 a.m.                             .

Father John Burkley will celebrate the Mass of Resurrection.

Burial:  All Saints Cemetery