Benet Lake Formation Meeting
The building at the left is St. Benedict Abbey and Retreat Center in Benet Lake, WI. About twenty Franciscans are meeting here for an Interprovincial Initial Formation Meeting. Translated into "English," that means that the Directors of Vocations, Postulants, Novices, and Temporary Professed along with the Secretaries of Formation for four Franciscan Provinces are meeting this week to discuss our collaborative efforts in mentoring and training our young men.
The Chapel was added onto the monastery in the early 1970s and was recently rearranged as the new retreat center entrance was completed. The Blessed Sacraments Altar (on the right) features twelve receptacles around the tabernacle containing the relics of the saints remembered in the Liturgical Calendar each month. The main altar and choir are rather barren and all services are open to the public.
Even though this is the first week in April, the lake is frozen solid and there are still piles of snow around the parking lots, etc. We are just over the Wisconsin/Illinois border. Actually the cemetery, across the parking lot from the main entrance, is in Illinois while the monastery is in Wisconsin.
We will finish up our meeting on Friday. Tomorrow afternoon we will take a tour of some of the Franciscan ministries in the area--in towards Milwaukee, I think. I'll post that information after it happens.