MONKS AT PRAYER

This gathering together five times a day to pray in common is what marks the life of a monastic community. Liturgical prayer is the centre of all monastic life and because "liturgy" has its roots in"work", the monastic liturgy is the "Work of God" - the Opus Dei. It springs from the life and work of the community and centers and grounds all the rest of our life together. ...





 
Holy Cross Monastery Reading Camps

The Diocese of Lexington in Kentucky started them first. They have established reading camps where children in grades 3 and 4, who are identified to be a year behind their grades in reading skills, are taught in a fun environment to improve and promote reading. The Diocese was seeking ways to offer the benefits of the reading camps to a wider community and wanted to include Grahamstown in this outreach. With their valuable help, we planned for over a year and then it happened. The first Holy Cross Reading Camp took place from the 6th to the 12th of July, 2007 at Assegai Trails near Grahamstown, and it was more successful than we could have imagined. We now have them not only for children, but there is such an interest in the camp, we have decided to have day-long camps for teachers as well. Over 20 teachers came to the Reading Camp in September 2008 to get a glimpse into how the Reading Camp works and into its effectiveness. Then, the first reunion of the children of the first Reading Camp was held for a day in November. We are so grateful to the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky and so many others who have offered generously of their time and money to make this happen. We hope it is only the beginning. Here are some of the highlights.

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