Friendship as shared values
1954 - 1984
"Birds of a feather flock together" or "shared values form friendships". The opening words of our retreat, March 25, 1954 determined the title of a future Monastery in Sugarloaf. "God came to earth today and has never left us". The Eastern Church accords a unique privilege to this stupendous event. This feast is never transferred, it is always celebrated on March 25th
This retreat-master, Father Joseph Ledit, SJ, a bi-ritual of the Russian Catholic Rite viewed the Great Schism of 1054 as the Wound in the Side of (Body of) Christ and exhorted us to be faithful in love as the Myrrhbearing Women on Calvary and the Tomb.
Father Ledit taught Father Walter Ciszek in the Russicum in the early 1930's before Father Ciszek went to the USSR (Russia). The Russicum, founded by Pope Pius XI was given to the Jesuits "to educate priests to serve as missionaries in Russia."
In 1962 Walter Ciszek, SJ returned to USA. We met him in 1966. His conviction, learned in Russia, was about FAITH and prayer, and God's loving providence governing every detail of his life. And this became his message and gift as he helped found Holy Annunciation Monastery in 1977. He died in 1984.