The monastic community of New Clairvaux was pleased to welcome the Abbot General of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance. This is his first visit to Vina and was glad to see the sun shining in California after being in dismally wet weather in Oregon with our brothers of Guadalupe Abbey and knee-deep in snow with our brothers of New Melleray Abbey in Iowa. The Abbot General ministers to each and every monastery of the Order in all the continents. He traveled with his secretary, Father Thomas, a monk of La Trappe Abbey in France. They spent four days here at New Clairvaux visiting with each of the brothers and celebrating Mardi Gras. After their visit, our Father General and his secretary will go to see our sisters at Redwoods Abbey and conclude their stay in the United States to return to Rome.
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