Apples. Fall 2015We will be offering three workshops this Fall, the first of which, “Ageless Spirit,” will be held on Saturday, October 24. Marsha Eger, poet and specialist in sacred chant, will guide us in an interfaith day of recollection on the joys and challenges that come with the accumulation of a large number of birthdays. Marsha, who lives near Ithaca, NY, has given many such workshops at Glenstal Abbey in Ireland as well as in the U.S.

November is a good time to reflect on our own mortality, as well as remembering our beloved dead. On Saturday, November 14, Nancy Billias, Benedictine Oblate and professor of philosophy at Saint Joseph’s University in West Hartford, Connecticut, will help us reflect on metaphysical, psychological and practical considerations concerning the end of this earthly life and entrance into the eternity of God.

Advent is a time of inwardness when we prepare for the Lord’s coming. Nancy, who also teaches mindfulness at Saint Joseph’s University, will join us on Saturday, December 5, for a workshop on living mindfully during this season of frenetic shopping and parties.

Depending on how many people sign up, the workshops will be held either at the monastery (with a maximum capacity of 20) or at the parish hall of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Windsor, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The suggested donation of $25 includes lunch and snacks. If you would like to attend, please call the monastery (607-655-2366) or email us at

In addition to the workshops, we are planning to host an Oblate Day on Saturday, November 21. Oblates are lay associates of the monastery, similar to third order Franciscans and Dominicans, who live the Rule of St. Benedict in ways adapted to their secular circumstances. If you are interested in learning more about becoming an oblate, please call or write us for more information.