Thursday, July 26, 2007

A Swiss Connection

A friend told a friend who told a friend. And that's how lots of people get to our place! This month we welcome Monika from Switzerland, whose close friend visited us awhile ago and encouraged Monika to come. The mother of three young adults, she is also a teacher on a psychiatric ward at a children's hospital. Since English is now obligatory in Swiss schools, all teachers are encouraged to spend some time in the summers in English-speaking countries. For three weeks she has been with us, spending days at various ministries, helping with events, attending prayer, working at the Mount and just participating in as much as possible. Monika comes to gain facility in English and we gain by a firsthand and intimate exposure to another culture through one of their own people. I think we're the winners.

P.S. There are a number of Benedictine monasteries in Switzerland. The largest: Maria Rickenbach, for women, and Einsiedeln Abbey for men.