On May 6, 2012, I made my Lifetime Promises as a Lay Cistercian of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, affiliated with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. It’s been quite a journey, the culmination of a five year formation process (and several months of discernment prior to that). Here are a few photographs taken on that happy day. If you want to learn more about Lay Cistercian spirituality, click here.
Eight Lay Cistercians made our promises that day, with five monks receiving the process and a number of other monks and laypersons in the congregation. We each had to bring a witness, so of course Fran filled that role for me. Rhiannon was there as well, cheering me on!
The ceremony took place in the context of a mass in the Abbey Church, presided over by the Abbot. It is a tremendous witness to the hospitality of the monks that they open their lives and hearts to so many laypersons who wish to learn from them and be inspired by their simple, contemplative life.