Benet Lake Formation Meeting Part Two
As one enters the Abbey and Retreat Center an imposing statue of Saint Benedict is there to greet you. He is pictured sitting with the Rule of his community, hand raised in blessing, and wearing a miter as a sign of his authority in the community. Hospitality is one of the traits he asked his followers to exercise and the minks at St. Benedict in Benet Lake certainly extended warm hospitality to us Franciscans gathered in their home.
Fifteen friars gathered for this particular workshop. We began each morning with Morning Prayer in the Retreat Chapel (we did not use the monks' chapel). Meetings, Eucharist and recreation filled the rest of the day. On the left, Fr. Dennet Jung, O.F.M. from Saint John the Baptist Province leads us in the Eucharist. On the right, we gathered for Morning Prayer.
Thursday afternoon and evening the Friars of the Assumption Province hosted a tour of the Franciscan Mission Secretariat, St. Josephat Basilica and their own St. Anthony Parish in Milwaukee where we were treated to a wonderful Vietnamese/Mexican meal. It was good to view the work being done for the missions and a couple of places of faith. Each of the churches stands as a tribute to the personal sacrifices of the people in the are who see to it that their religious home is preserved n spite of drastic changes in their neighborhoods.