The Convent of St. Helena is no longer going to offer retreats, as they are closing their house in New York and all the sisters will live in Augusta. I was shocked when I got the email--I knew there were some financial issues in New York but I had heard less radical ideas and they seem to be steadily getting new members so I didn't think those issues were overwhelming. They don't even plan to stay in Augusta--they say they are looking for a new opportunity.
I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around the news. What attracted me so much to the place was the sense of continuity--that when I left after a retreat they were still there chanting the services four times a day. They recently finished the multi-year job of publishing their breviary. I'm shocked that continuity can disappear so suddenly. Cintra's sermon gives me some way of making sense of it.
I have signed up to go to their last retreat, next weekend. I hope that will give me more understanding and some closure.