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A Momentous Event

This morning, on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the humble Oratory of our monastery was the setting of a momentous event. His Excellency, Bishop Edward J. Slattery was with us for the the canonical establishment of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope as a Public Association of the Faithful, in view of their becoming an Institute of Consecrated Life.

Rosalind Moss Becomes Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God

Foundress, Rosalind Moss, in religion Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God received the traditional Benedictine habit, given that the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope have begun to follow the age-old Rule of Saint Benedict.

Here is the text of Bishop Slattery's Decree of Erection:

In every age and place, the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life, is at work in the Body of Christ to regenerate and extend the various forms of consecrated life by which the Church is enriched and made present in the world.

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Beginning with the vocation of Saint Antony of Egypt, the Father of every form of consecrated life in East and West, and continuing through the charisms of Saint Pachomius, Saint Basil, Saint Augustine, and Saint Benedict, and of the myriads of holy founders and foundresses in every century the Church has never been without new and varied expressions of the call to follow the poor and virginal Christ, obedient unto death, even death on a Cross.
Moreover, from Apostolic times, unmarried women and widows have sought to imitate the Daughter of Sion, the Blessed Virgin Mary in her unconditional surrender to the will of the Father and the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. Having said her "Yes" in response to the message of the Archangel Gabriel, the Virgin of Nazareth became blessed above all women, the Joy of Israel, and the Glory of Jerusalem.
Among the women who seek to imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary and aspire to share in her spiritual motherhood today, are the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope. The mystery of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is the luminous pattern of their ecclesial mission to all peoples: Jew and Gentile, young and old, rich and poor.
Contemplating that mystery, they rejoice that the Light of the World has come, and receive the Child Jesus, Israel's Hope and Consolation, from the arms of His Blessed Mother as did Simeon; their mission is to teach others to do likewise, and so find hope in this valley of tears.
They listen to Simeon's prophetic utterance and recognize in his arms the Promised One, who from the altar of the Cross will offer Himself to the Father as the Atoning Lamb. Thus are they compelled to undertake works of catechesis so that all peoples may find in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass the wellspring of salvation, life, and resurrection.
They observe Anna, the Daughter of Phanuel, who gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all who were looking for the redemption of Israel; strengthened by holy Anna's courage and zeal, they will devote themselves to a missionary outreach to "those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death," to apostolic works of evangelization, to the consolidation of family life, and to the promotion of a Catholic culture of goodness, beauty, truth, and life.
New foundations of consecrated life are fragile undertakings; they must welcome the wisdom of past generations with humility and gratitude, learning from the teaching and example of the saints who never grow old. It is by a sure and praiseworthy instinct, then, that the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope, have chosen to graft their tender shoot onto the age-old tree of the Benedictine tradition.
From the time of Saint Lioba, one of the evangelizers of Northern Europe in the eighth century, Benedictine missionary women have brought the love of learning and the desire for God to peoples in bondage to ignorance and idolatry. In the fifteenth century Saint Frances of Rome found in the Rule of Saint Benedict a powerful stimulus for her service of the poor, the sick, and the lonely. Since that time, a number of flourishing missionary Institutes of Sisters, dedicated to the active works of the apostolate, have found in the Rule of Saint Benedict the strong support needed by those who would labor as humble servants in the vineyard of the Lord.
For this reason, it pleases me to confirm and approve the Rule of Saint Benedict as the fundamental pattern of the life of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope. Their life will be further governed by the Constitutions here appended, which I hereby approve and promulgate.
Therefore, with these noble ends in mind, and for the greater joy of the Church of Tulsa that is entrusted to my care, by this Decree, I hereby erect and establish the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope as a Public Association of the Faithful in accordance with Canon 312, in view of being established later as a religious Institute of Diocesan Right.
In accord with the aforementioned Constitutions, I appoint Rosalind Moss, in religion, Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, prioress of the Community, and authorize the opening of their residence in the Diocese of Tulsa as the Priory of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Given in Tulsa, in the Year of Our Lord 2011, on this 8th day of September, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Sister Rosalind Moss before receiving the Benedictine habit and becoming Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God.

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Sister Rosalind Moss makes her petition to Bishop Edward J. Slattery:

Most Reverend Father, entrusting my weakness to the mercy of Christ, my ignorance to His wisdom, and my future to His providence, I am resolved to dedicate myself, heart and soul, to the form of consecrated life described in the Decree.
I ask you, therefore, Most Reverend Father, to clothe me in the vesture of those who hold nothing dearer than Christ, that I may appear outwardly, in the sight of Angels and of men, as an image of the Church, Virgin, Spouse, and Mother, and as one whose heart belongs to the Lamb alone in a covenant of bridal love.

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Suscipe me, Domine, secundum eloquium tuum, et vivam.
Et non confundas me ab expectatione mea.

Mother Miriam, standing with arms outstretched, sings these words thrice:
Receive me, O Lord, according to Your word, and I shall live;
Then kneeling with her arms crossed over her breast, she continues:
let me not be disappointed in my hope.

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Mother Miriam receives Holy Communion from the hands of Bishop Slattery.

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Bishop Slattery and Father Timothy Davison, Pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Tulsa, join in chanting the Nunc Dimittis at the conclusion of the celebration. The new Priory of Our Lady of Guadalupe is located within Saints Peter and Paul Parish.

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Left to right: Father Prior, Dom Mark Daniel Kirby; Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God; Bishop Edward J. Slattery

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Mother Miriam together with the monks of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle and His Excellency, Bishop Slattery of Tulsa

9 Comments

Great is my joy. God bless you.

A most beautiful occasion!
I'm so happy for Mother Miriam, and for all of you there.
I love Bishop Slattery, he is wonderful in every way.
Gratefully,
Agnieszka

Many Felicitations to Mother Miriam on this great day, are prayers are united with her. Is she the only one in the convent, are there no others beside her?

I'm so happy for you Mother Miriam! I love the photos! What peace and joy! God bless you and the other sisters there with you! I think of you often! Praying for all of you!
Patty C. / St. Louis, MO

Dear Mother Miriam,

I was so happy to find this blog, the photographs were breath taking! I will continue to remember you in my prayers everyday! I will also be praying that soon you will be ready to have others join you. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue on your blessed journey.
In Jesus,
Linda Zink
lzink93@gmail.com

Congratulations, Mother Miriam! It was such a joy to meet you at the SCRC convention in Anaheim! God bless you and send *many* vocations your way!
With love and hugs in our Lord and our Lady!
Donna (and Tim =)

2 things:

We are UBER blessed to have Dom Kirby and our new Mother Miriam in our little mission Diocese of Tulsa!!!!

Secondly, I am happy to read that my patron Saint, Francis De Sales is loved within the Benedictine Spirituality. It seems so appropriate to adopt our spirituality from the broad tapestry of the Saints as Father Mark suggests. Bravo!

Mother Miriam:

We met briefly at the SCRC (St. Joseph's Radio booth) and you were in the process of finalizing the selection of a Rule for your new community. I am an Oblate at the Benedictine Monastery of the Risen Christ (San Luis Obispo, CA) and I am pleased to see you have chosen the Rule of St. Benedict.

He encourages us to "Listen" for the Holy Spirit's guidance as we are immersed in Scripture. Recently I was introduced to the Scriptural Rosary and I find it extremely helpful for pondering the depths of each Mystery.

Congratulations, and may the Holy Spirit keep your fire stoked.

Jim Leonard O.S.B. Oblate

JMJ

It is events like this that make me truly blessed to be in the Diocese of Tulsa and to have His Excellency Bishop Slattery as my ordinary. Ad Gloriam Ecclesiae!!!

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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