Esopus, New York
1957 - 2007
Order of the Most Holy
In him there is plentiful redemption.
Three of those six nuns, Mary Anne Reed of Detroit, Margaret Banville of Toronto, and Paula Schmidt of Grand Rapids remain in the community today. These gold jubilarians are vital to the Esopus community, providing leadership, forming new members, and adding their vitality and their wisdom to a mix of woman ranging in age from 82 to 51.
The community will celebrate the opening of its 50th anniversary year at Midday Prayer. The theme will be 'remembering'; remembering the experiences of these nuns and also all of the many women who came, whether for a short time or many years, and helped to form what we celebrate, a contemplative monastic monastery whose members strive to be living witnesses of the love of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer.
We will also offer praise and thanksgiving at a celebration of the Vigil Office of Readings for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We have invited local clergy and religious to join us for prayer and fellowship. We are rejoicing in the presence of three of our foundresses, in the life our community celebrates together and in our call to be 'living memories of Jesus.'