Throughout the day we had different moments to express out community.....
The Evening before, the community at the Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy, offered Solemn First Vespers for the Solemnity. The Monastery was joined by the local community at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, the Legion of Mary from St. Charles -Drexel Hill, the Third Order of Mercy, and the Rev. Louis Kolenkiewicz, Chaplain to the Knights of Mercy, and Pastor of Our Lady of Peace, Milmont Park. Solemn Vespers took place in the 'Chapel of Our Holy Mother of Mercy', which is where the friars at the Monastery have their daily prayers and Holy Mass. After prayers, there was a small Gaudeamus, as in light refreshments and "fellowship".
Fr. Matthew, O. de M., leading the ritual prayers with the Legion of Mary
Fr. Matthew, following Solemn Vespers.
Fr. Louis Kolenkiewicz, Chaplain to the Cavaliere della Mercede
Bro. Matthew Levis, O. de M., assigned to the Novitiate House in LeRoy
Some of the brothers enjoying a conversation with one of our Tertiaries, Mr. Philip Johnson, seminarian
Br. David M., O. de M., Philip G. Johnson, Josiah Ross (postulants)
Fr. James Mayer, O. de M., Superior and Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Philadelphia, chatting with Fr. Kolenkiewicz
Br. James Chia, O. de M., speaking one of our Tertiaries