O God, in that unutterable kindness by which you dispose all things sweetly and wisely, you gave us clothing, so that a triple benefit might be ours: we are covered with dignity, kept warm and protected in body and soul. Father, pour forth the blessing of your Holy Spirit upon us this morning and upon these clothes which your son here before us has asked to receive, so that he may serve you faithfully in the Cistercian way of life.
Last Sunday August 7 during Chapter, our Brother John Bosco was clothed in the novice's habit. We rejoice to have him in community. Generous, hard-working and truly kind, John came to us from South Korea. May the Lord grant him the grace of perseverance.
The novitiate: Observer Michael Rivera, Brother Richard, Brother John Bosco, Novicemaster Father Luke, Submaster Brother Daniel.
Photographs by Brother Brian.