Consecration of St. Joseph's Monastery
September 26, 2015
Photography courtesy of Ms. Melissa Hughes
~A blessed day with nearly 100 in attendance during the Consecration and Dedication of St. Joseph's Monastery~
The San Damiano Byzantine Cross and the historical plaques commemorating the historicity of the house...
On the far right is the sister to late beloved Mrs. McCarthy, the original owner of the monastery.
Paul, Reverend Johnson (in the background), Father Andrew and June Russo (far right).
L to R: Paula, Sr. Reparata, Bishop Joseph and Natalie
This statue was in my first parish assignment 20 years ago on a side altar dedicated to this Western Saint.
Blessing and Incensing the exterior grounds of the monastery.
Bishop Joseph taking a moment with Mr. Hughes, a friend of Bishop Joseph and St. Joseph's Monastery...
"May this monastery be blessed by the descent of the All Holy Spirit and the sprinkling of this holy water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit., Amen."
Bishop Victor and Bishop Abbot Joseph lead the procession while blessing and incensing the exterior of the monastery and grounds...
Nate is in the background with the blessed incense....
The Procession begins as the friends of the monastery file out behind the bishops...
Cars lined up along the side of the round. Folks from far and near attended the Consecration of the Monastery. Nearly 100 people in attendance.
Friends Bishop Joseph and of the Monastery. Mrs. Mancak provided many of the delicious homemade desserts served at the reception dinner. Thank you for your generosity and gracious support! May good St. Joseph protect you!
Beginning the procession through the monastery and outdoors...
The Anointing with Sacred Chrism (Holy Myron).
Dear friends of the monastery
Bishop Joseph anointing the entrance of St. Joseph's Monastery with Sacred Chrism (Holy Myron).
This altar was made by the Father and Mother of Bishop Joseph in 1995.
Thanks to Hofmann's in Erie, PA for this wonderful statue of St. Joseph.
After the procession engages the attendees and enjoys a hearty laugh...
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas, the Bishop Victor, Bishop Joseph and Natalie, the day after the Consecration, enjoying a small picnic outdoors on the monastery grounds.