Hermit Sister Mary Beverly
2-10: Bishop Thomas J. Connolly,
from Bend, OR, was here to give us our annual directed retreat.
Bishop was able to
see the Connolly Connection, which is now complete thanks to
the generosity of so many. Besides giving us easy access to
chapel, it is a place to store our flower picking equipment
and our finished flower cards, rosaries and other products
from our cottage industries. I have my aloe vera “farm” on
tables in the hallway and the plants love the sunny location.
Thomas J. Connolly, seated in the center, gave us conferences
three times a day in the dining room of Holy Family House.
We also had dinner together here daily during our retreat.
Sister Mary Beverly is on the left and Sister Rebecca Mary
is on the right. Photo By Sister Mary Ellen Hanson, SSMO,
who made the retreat with us before she returned to Beaverton,
25: We received the boxes of our
1000 CD’s and the
jewel cases. Now, we have the work of assembling them and
the inserts for future sales.
to Sister Rebecca Mary's CD allowed Bishop Connolly to have
a relaxing evening during retreat. Bishop especially
liked Psalm 22 of Sister's collection.
31: We went flower picking today with our friend and neighbor,
Eberle Umbach. Since it was my feastday, the Visitation of
Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, we had a special picnic lunch
9: Sister Rebecca Mary and I flew to Seattle, WA. SRM
was beginning a week long visit to her two sisters, who live
in the area. I was going to attend on June 11 the priestly
ordination of our friend, Ed White. We were happy to note that
earlier that week, also in the Cathedral of the Archdiocese
of Seattle, a former priest-retreatant, Father Joe Tyson, was
ordained auxiliary bishop. I flew home on 6/12.
11: Sister Rebecca Mary came down with shingles and was
treated on an emergency basis at a medical clinic in Poulsbo,
WA. Her return to Marymount, scheduled for June 16, was delayed.
It was an unwelcome surprise to find out that Medicaid of WA
would not cover her expenses since she was from out of state.
21: Sister Rebecca Mary was able, barely, to travel back
to Marymount to continue her recuperation at home.
24-27: Father Ed White and Ed Hopfner were here on retreat.
Father Ed gave SRM the Anointing of the Sick. He mentioned
it was the first time for him to give that sacrament. Since
we do not have a chaplain, it was wonderfully grace-filled
for us to have daily Mass here for a short while. Unfortunately,
SRM was too sick to attend, except on Sunday.
Ed White, from Seattle, reading the Gospel at Mass while
he was here on retreat in June.
28: Sister Rebecca Mary was so sick that we went to the
Medical Clinic in Weiser. Since they were unable to alleviate
her pain and nausea, we went to the Emergency Room at Holy
Rosary Hospital in Ontario, OR. After extensive lab tests and
x-rays, which showed nothing alarming, SRM was released with
a change of pain medications. This was discouraging because
she was still not better.
29: I took SRM to the Emergency Room at St. Alphonsus
Hospital in Boise because she was still very sick. A 2 1/2
hour trip is an agony when one is so uncomfortable. She was
admitted and discharged three days later on Friday, July 1.
At this point, she had distressing symptoms, probably complications
from the shingle pain and pain medications, but we still did
not have a definitive diagnosis.
5-11: Sister Rebecca Mary was so sick that I called 9-1-1
for an ambulance to take her to the Emergency Room at the small
hospital in Weiser, located south of us about 45 miles. She
was admitted to the hospital and treated there for a week.
All the x-rays and lab tests showed nothing, but she was desperately
sick most of the time. I traveled to Weiser each morning and
stayed for several hours to visit Sister and to crochet quietly
by her side.
11: This morning, I drove to Boise to assist Bishop Thomas
Connolly in giving his annual 8-day retreat at Nazareth Retreat
House. The biggest blessing for us was that our good friend,
Sister Mary Ellen Hanson, SSMO, an experienced nurse, returned
from Beaverton, OR to care for Sister Rebecca Mary, who was
discharged from the Weiser Hospital.
M. Beverly, HSM, with Bishop Thomas J. Connolly, in the chapel
at Nazareth Retreat House.
19: The Nazareth retreat ends and I returned to Marymount.
Sister Mary Ellen departed the same day for her community in
Beaverton. We all fervently hope and pray that SRM is on the
road to recovery.
24-29: At 2:00 AM on Sunday, Sister
Rebecca Mary woke me up to tell me how sick she was. We went
first to the Emergency
Room at the Weiser hospital and, upon the recommendation of
the staff there, at about 9:00 AM, I drove her to Holy Rosary
Hospital in Ontario, OR, about 30 miles further south. After
going to the Emergency Room there, Sister Rebecca Mary was
finally admitted as an in-patient. The blessing in this was
that her primary physician, Dr. Andrew Peterson, was back from
vacation and was able to reach a definite diagnosis: gastroparesis.
SRM’s stomach had essentially stopped functioning.
This was probably the result of the viral disease of shingles
and/or the effect of the narcotic pain medications. The doctor
has her on Reglan to stimulate the stomach. We are relieved
to know what we are dealing with and hope that this will be
a temporary condition. We ask prayers for her healing. Driving
to Ontario each day for a week put lots of miles on our car,
but it was a comfort to Sister to have me visit and I got lots
of baby booties crocheted during that week.
1: This was an historic day at
Marymount Hermitage. After 21 years of abstaining from meat
as a sacrifice in our
life of prayer, I fried hamburger for SRM’s noon meal!
She is on a restricted diet and can only eat small portions
at a time, hence the doctor recommended meat, such as hamburger,
which is easy to digest and gives her needed protein. The Rule
of St. Benedict, which we follow, allows that the sick may
eat meat, and so we are doing that now during this time of
convalescence. How grateful we are for Holy Family House so
we can care for each other!
6-7: With the able assistance
of Sherry Moore, we had a successful sale of our wares at
St. Mark’s Parish in
Boise. I thank Dee and Frank Sattler, and their daughter Mary
Beth, who so graciously hosted Sherry and me overnight. SRM
was not able to work on this sale, but she is able to continue
her custom of making a rosary a day and her recuperation is
proceeding well. She is able to eat more each day and is feeling
photo shows the many tables displaying our wares outside
of St. Mary's Church, Boise, Idaho for our sale there after
the weekend Masses April 30 - May 1, 2005. We Hermit Sisters
have always been warmly welcomed there by the pastor, Father
12: Our generous friends and
neighbors have been helping us with the cleaning and chores
at Marymount during Sister
Rebecca Mary’s absence and her recuperation. Sherry Moore
and her daughters Bridget or Stephanie have been here almost
every Friday to clean the chapel and the hermitages, so that
they are ready for retreatants.
14: Today was the first Sunday
which has been “normal” for
about two months. We had recreation together in the morning,
making flower cards which we always enjoy. Then at noon, we
had fresh-frozen trout (brought by the Broams and Flemings
earlier this summer), baked potatoes and sautéed garden
vegetables. I enjoyed cooking this dinner; SRM enjoyed eating
it, and we thanked God for her being able to do so! Sunday
Mass this week was in Cambridge at 3:30 PM.
15: Sister Rebecca Mary and I celebrated the Solemnity
of the Assumption of Our Lady by traveling to Weiser for early
morning Mass. Father Robert Cook, the new pastor there, invited
us to renew our vows publicly at Mass, which we did. This was
our profession anniversary. SRM has been a religious for 41
years and I have been for 39 years.
16: As we prepare this newsletter
for publication, the scenery is extremely dry and brown.
Fire danger is high
and smoke fills the air from fires burning in the Hell’s
Canyon and Grangeville areas, as well in other places nearer
to us. Grasshoppers are in such abundance that we are seeing
serious damage from them. They chew the wood of the buildings,
eat the nylon screens out of our new house and, of course,
devour all the watered and green vegetation, like the flowers
outside of chapel, the shrubs by the house, and the roses in
the garden. We haven’t had a plague like this for many
years. We do not try to have a vegetable garden because of
this problem. Fortunately, people are very generous in giving
us fresh produce at this time of year.
Calendar of Coming Events:
The Fall Conference for the Diocese of Boise will be held from
Sept. 23-25 at Bishop Kelly High School. Sister Mary Beverly
will be giving a talk entitled: The Eucharist in
the Teachings of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. The class will
be given twice on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Catholics from Idaho,
and especially the Boise area, are invited to attend. This
is the first time that Sister Beverly has been invited to
be a teacher at the Fall Conference and she is eagerly anticipating
her participation in it.
Sister Mary Beverly will be repeating this talk in the following
Lady of The Lake Parish in
McCall, Idaho on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 from 7-9
pm. Class will be held in the Church.
Agnes Parish in Weiser, Idaho on Sunday, October 23, 2005
from 7-9 pm in the parish hall.
Robert Griffin, S.J. is scheduled to be at Marymount Hermitage
for a few weeks for Christmas,
2005, January 1, 2006
and Epiphany. We appreciate Father Bob being our “long
CONNOLLY CONNECTION COMPLETED
the hallway connecting the chapel to our new house is constructed
with an angle in the middle, it is impossible to get a complete
photograph of the interior. The photo at right shows the
beautiful windows in the center of the hall. The scenery
from this vantage point is stunning. We installed ceramic
tile on the floor and have found this to be not only a durable
and convenient flooring, but very beautiful also. One area
of the hallway has large and sturdy shelves to hold our telephone
books and press boards, which we use to pick and press flowers.
Another cupboard stores our wares for sale.
Mike Pape, a corporate pilot from Boise, carried out a long-standing
wish to do aerial photos of Marymount Hermitage in April, 2005.
His brother-in-law, Rick Sterling and his friend, Chris Jones,
assisted Mike in this project. Sister Rebecca Mary had a dream
of a lifetime come true when Mike invited her to the Council
Airport to join him in an aerial tour of the area that morning.
Interior of the hallway connecting the chapel and the
Sisters' new house. Many a night, when Sister Rebecca Mary
was sick, she would walk around chapel, praying and trying
to relieve the pain so she could sleep. Having our house
connected to chapel is wonderful!
Sister Rebecca Mary and Michael Pape in front of his private
plane, a four-seater Cessna.
photo of Holy Family House, the Connolly Connection,
and Our Father's House Marymount Hermitage Mesa, Idaho
A RETREATANT'S REFLECTIONS...
Psalm 55:6-8: "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove to fly
away and be at rest! I should escape far away and find
a refuge in the wilderness; soon I should find myself a
sanctuary from wind and storm."
A Refuge and Sanctuary
By Ken Eden
I have found a refuge in the wilderness,
Even now the storm has arrived--
The wind is blowing...
But I am safe in my refuge.
have come here for many reasons --
To be alone with God;
To share time with my wife;
To renew my friendship with the Sisters;
To take in the beauty of God's creation.
And God has given me more than I desired.
His presence fills this place and I am in awe.
I find myself smiling at the simplest things.
The time with my wife is sweet
as we share thoughts, ideas and dreams.
My conversation with the Sisters has filled
my heart with joy.
My eyes are full as I take in the green of spring.
The deer greeted us as we arrived.
The meadow larks call back and forth.
An entire flock of butterflies flew by our window,
carried along by the wind.
The coyotes serenaded us at dusk.
God is good to give us what we need.
Sometimes it is a nap in the middle of the day,
falling asleep in His arms.
Sometimes it is an excellent article from a magazine or
Sometimes it is a reminder of His great and awesome power
as a thunderstorm passes by.
This morning it was at morning prayers
hearing from Psalm 63 that God's love is better than life.
I do not know what direction my life will take
in the ensuing weeks, months, and years.
I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up!!!
But I do know that coming to the refuge
in the wilderness renews my mind
and refreshes my spirit.
I am ready to head back to the city,
once again refocused on the One
Who holds my future,
excited about the possibilities.
Thank you, Father, for this refuge in the wilderness,
this sanctuary from wind and storm.
May 30, 2005
Enjoy true silence and solitude and discover
God's presence and peace in prayer and study in the beauty
of the desert. Print off a Retreat
Application form or
call (208) 256-4354.
Come see us and experience God's presence
in a special way!
Eucharist is the 'precious pearl'
which gives life true and full meaning."
Pope Benedict XVI on June 12, 2005 A.D.
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