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Celebrating the Resurrection: Jesus in our Midst

After Father Michael Joncas blesses the Easter Water he makes the rounds in the Chapel while we are singing Everyone baptized in Christ has put on Christ, Alleluia

Christ is alive and we are alive in Christ. Alleluia!

The worshipers receive the living waters of Christian renewal.

Following our profoundly wonderful celebration of the Easter Triduum and the glorious Eucharist of Easter day I was looking for a book that might help me linger with these mysteries over the fifty Easter days leading us to Pentecost.  I went to Amazon to see what they were offering and found Jesus Risen in Our Midst.  This is a compilation of “essays on the Resurrection of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel”  by Sandra Schneiders.  It is a stellar work indeed.   My problem is that I cannot get past the title: Jesus Risen in Our Midst.  Holy Happy Easter Days!


Pascal Journey

Palm Sunday, April 9 at 9 am we begin HOLY WEEK the prelude to the Three Easter Days, celebrating the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Lord.  We gather at the Monastery at 9 am in the back of the Chapel.  The palms are blest and the first Scripture reading takes us into the Gospel of  Matthew and the triumphal ride of Jesus on the back of a donkey into Jerusalem, all the way acclaimed by the people.  In remembrance of this event we process to the front of the Chapel waving our palms.  The Readings of the Day prepare us for the narrative of the Passion according to Matthew solemnly proclaimed by four of the Sisters.

Palm Sunday at the Monastery

Palm Sunday









Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday

On April 13 at 6:30 pm we arrive at the Monastery for the Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper.  Following the proclamation of the Gospel we rise by ones and twos to move toward the back of the Chapel where the scene is set for the Washing of the Feet.  All are invited to participate in this ritual.  The Sacrament is taken to the Oratory where there is opportunity for Adoration  until Midnight.






Good Friday, April 14 at 3:30, we begin in deep silence preparing for the Service of the Lord’s Passion, commemorating His ultimate gift of love .   The presider and the assistants enter and prostrate on the Chapel floor remaining in prayer.  The Passion according to John is solemnly proclaimed.  We pray the Great Intercessions for all God’s People throughout the world.  Adoration of the Cross follows with the opportunity for each person to express her love and commitment to Christ.

Good Friday

Good Friday

The Solemn Vigil Service of Readings and responses begins on Saturday evening on April 15 at 7:30 pm in the Hospitality Area.  The presider lights and blesses the new fire from which he lights the Pascal Candle and sings the Exultet.   Each reader rises to recount the story of salvation history from the Book of Genesis to the Prophet Ezekiel, all responding with the appropriate psalms.  We end our service quietly in personal prayer in anticipation of the Easter celebration.

Easter Sunday Celbration, The Resurrection!

Easter Sunday Celebration, The Resurrection!

April 16 at 8:30 am. Please join us for the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord. This is not the end of the Story of Salvation but the beginning of the Great Fifty Days, celebrating the enduring love and faithfulness of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Easter Sunday and the Water of Rebirth.

Easter Sunday and the Water of Rebirth.

After Eucharist the Sending Forth



                        Sunday at the Church of the Assumption 

Doctor Miguel Fiol, a professor of Neurological science at the University of Minnesota, an immigrant from Puerto Rico, and Doctor Betsy Murray, a professor of child psychology also at the University of Minnesota, met with parents of small children, fielding questions about these very dangerous times for immigrant families and the repercussions for their children. I was there as a quest observer.

     In a near-by gym the children were guided by professionals to express their feelings of fear and anger through various forms of art. These children know about “Trump” and he enters into their games, their fright-filled games.
     In the session for adults, one of the questions was, “How do I comfort my daughter when she comes home from school and tells me that an old woman, an Anglo, called her ‘dirty’ and told her to go back to Mexico.”
     Another mother asked: “How can I assure my child that we will be always there for him?” The professors emphasized how important it was to provide an atmosphere at home where the children could freely express their fears and know that what they were afraid of, namely that they would come home from school and their parents would not be there, is a real fear. At the same time they must know that their parents love them dearly and are working with good people all over the United States to change the behavior of ICE, and la Migra.

March, First Sunday of Lent


This morning on the web, New York Times free headlines edition, I read this powerful article by Austen Ivereigh:

                                          Is the Pope the Anti-Trump? 

This is an excellent article especial for those of us who are puzzled by what is going on in our world today. You can pull up the article on you smart phone or computer by calling for Google and typing in:

                                        Is the Pope the Anti-Trump 

As we used to say, “Feel the Bern”, and do something about it.

Here at our Chapel ready for Lent.

Our Chapel for Lent.

New Home for the Minneapolis Poor Clares


The Motherhouse at Assisi Heights

The Motherhouse at Assisi Height


Entrance to Assisi Heights, Home of the Rochester Franciscans

Entrance to Assisi Heights, Home of the Rochester Franciscans

Dear Friends and family,

In 1953 a small group of Poor Clare Sisters came down from Sauk Rapids MN to the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis to found a Franciscan Poor Clare Monastery here in Bloomington, south Minneapolis. Land was donated by the St. Martin family, a portion from their farm. Through the funding and help of the families and friends of the Sisters work began on the building and landscaping, including a two acre Pine forest on the almost 5 acre plot of land.

The monastery evolved in tandem with the archdiocese and along with the emerging cultural changes in our Country after World War II. The Second Vatican Council dramatically affected both our Church and our World including our Monastery. The Monastery was on path to becoming a house of prayer for all God’s people.

Now through prayer and discernment we are being asked to pass on this beloved home loaned to us for some sixty years. Due to the aging of our Sisters and the lack of new vocations to our form of life, we are no longer able to care for this beautiful place of peace and devotion and give the Sisters the care they need.

Our prayer is one of great gratitude for our time among you with a hope that the use of our property might continue to serve God’s people in new and wonderful ways. We will never forget you and ask for your remembrance of us in prayer.

Your Poor Clare Sisters

Your Clare Sisters will be living on the third floor in a wing of this beautiful building which we call “our Little Portion.”

A link to information about our new home at Assisi Heights in Rochester, MN



St. Clare’s Monastery ——– Photos by Pat



St. Clare greets all passersby.


Welcome to the Monastery

During  the period of what the Church calls Ordinary Time, Pat Leighton, a member of our extended worshipping family here at the Monastery was moving around in the Chapel taking photos.  We did not know to what purpose was this photographic endeavor but we appreciated his interest in the Chapel and the grounds of the Monastery.

At Christmas time we unwrapped the mystery tied to his labor: beautiful cards depicting cherished spots of prayer in and around the Monastery. We offer some of the photos here on our Blog through the graciousness of Pat and above all as a tribute to our loving God who created this beautiful house of prayer through the hearts and hands of many.




Pope Francis and President Barack Obama smile as they exchange gifts, at the Vatican Thursday, March 27, 2014. President Barack Obama called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican Thursday with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality. Their historic first meeting comes as Obama's administration and the church remain deeply split on issues of abortion and contraception. (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, Pool)

Pope Francis and President Barack Obama smile as they exchange gifts, at the Vatican Thursday, March 27, 2014. President Barack Obama called himself a “great admirer” of Pope Francis whom he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality, immigration and so many more global concerns essential for the well being of God’s people.  Here is a salute to one of the finest American presidents ever elected by the people to serve this United States of America.  AD Multos Annos!

Looking back on these last few years of the ministry of Pope Francis to the Church and the World we give thanks for his example of universal and all inclusive ministry of mercy, kindness and largeness of spirit, never narrow minded, partial or bigoted.  May we walk with these two great men into the future in solidarity with all God’s people especially with those most in need.

Christmas, 2016

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus surprise us, bringing gifts for our Christmas celebrations. Our relationship with the Knights goes back to 1953, our beginning here in Bloomington.