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Member News 2018

     1983 - 2018  Our 35th Year




Father Conor Alexander, OA took the Promise for the first time and was clothed. 

The Promise 
To seek the presence of Jesus Christ in the people, things and circumstances of life 
through stability, obedience and conversion of life. 






For the fifth year our retreat was at the  Community of Saint John the Baptist in Mendham, NJ.  We joined the sisters for Lauds, engaged in mutual spiritual guidance in the mornings, and were in silence between Mass at noon and Evening Prayer.



Several changes to the Rule were approved. They require the approval of next year's chapter before taking full effect. 

We will offer the church "The Invitation 2018." This is an initiative that may be continued each year with a different focus. For 2018 it's "Take Counsel - Stop Grumbling"

OA Associates: In the '80s and early '90s OA had 80 or so Associates from all over the U.S. and two from other countries. We are re-establishing an Associates group.  Here's the web page for the Associates.

Bishop Barry Howe, our Episcopal Companion (Visitor), was able to be with us all week. We are very thankful for his support and participation on our common life.










From Susan Latimer, OA


2017 was a year of treatment for stage 3 breast cancer.  I finished radiation in September and returned to the parish in late September.  I am so grateful that the chemo, surgery and radiation worked!  However, I have had to learn how to navigate the aftermath (including a frozen shoulder and tendonosis), paying attention to my body and my energy levels, which are variable.  I am still healing. 

St. Catherine’s did well during my 8 month medical disability.  Upon my return, I have concentrated on leadership development with the Vestry and spiritual development with the congregation.  We continue to offer Evening Prayer Monday – Thursday, with trained lay people leading.  I offered a Lenten study on The Treasures of the Benedictine Tradition, including the Benedictine Triangle model.  We started a new, Sunday evening Rite III eucharist at 5:30 p.m. which has been attracting new people.  We continue to attract new people to the parish and just celebrated three adult baptisms, nine confirmations, two receptions, and a re-affirmation of faith with +Bishop Howe officiating.  I am interviewing the Vestry individually this month, using the Interview Process developed by Bob and Michelle.  I am offering instruction in Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina.  I continue to be fed by the Wisdom tradition as taught by Cynthia Bourgeault, and was on the music leadership team at her Wisdom School at Kanuga in March.  I continue to write sacred chants, and singing is a daily spiritual practice.  I remain grateful for life, and for all the blessings of this life!

From Michelle Heyne, OA

Michelle is the 8th superior of the Order - Presiding Sister



From Lowell Grisham, OA

Lowell was the 3rd superior, Presiding Brother, of the Order



From Robert Gallagher, OA 

 Robert was the 1st and 7th superior, Presiding Brother, of the Order

It’s a joy to be in a parish that says the Office. Saint Paul’s, Seattle does a public Morning and Evening Prayer Monday through Friday. Each has its own team that takes responsibility for officiating, reading, and managing the logistics. I serve on the Monday MP and Friday EP teams. I attend all the offices with the exception of MP from Tuesday through Thursday when I say it on my own using The Church of England’s “Common Worship: Daily Prayers.”  The parish has been offering a training/coaching process, led by Michelle Heyne, OA and Fr. Rob, for people who want to explore ways to say the Office on their own.

Michelle Heyne, OA and I traveled to England in August 2017 on something of a spiritual pilgrimage and arts tour. In London we made our base near All Saint’s, Margaret Street. We were able to join them for the Office and mass most days. We arrived in time for All Saint’s celebration of the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin. The church was filled long before the liturgy started. There was a threefold action – mass, procession through the streets, and a reception in the garden.

I am on the mid-week mass rota about once a month. That’s just about the right amount for me. I’ve taken on a practice of offering homilies that focus on ascetical issues and practice more than the usual moral guidance. So, on the Feast of Matthias I moved from the Gospel’s “If you abide in me ..” to the church’s threefold rule of mass, office, reflection/personal devotions as our way of placing ourselves in the pathways of grace. On the Feast of St. Anslem I picked up on part of the saint’s prayer for friends – “I love all people, in and for your sake … and God has impressed others upon my heart with a closer and more intimate love” – into an exploration of intercessory prayer for the many and for those we “hold more dear.”




From Scott Benhase, OA

 Scott was the 2nd and 6th superior, Presiding Brother of the Order




From Jeremy Bond, OA 





From Royster Hedgepeth, OA 




From Gawain de Leeuw, OA   



From David Andrews, OA





Novice Members

Liz Schellingerhoudt, OA



From Bill Parker, OA




From Conor Alexader, OA






Our retreat at CSJB in 1989


Pictures from the 2014 retreat at CSJB

Pictures from the 2015 Retreat at CSJB

Pictures from the 2016 Retreat at CSJB