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Page( POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 21,2011 A Letter from a Friend by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari St. Joseph's Abbey Father Laurence is now 95, he explained in his letter, that he now uses a walker and that his eyesight "could be better" but through the Grace of God his health remains relatively good. We had visited the Abbey for the first time in 1978, when Morn, who was recov- ering from minor surgery, asked if we could drive her to an abbey she had heard of located in Spencer, Massachusetts. We had no Ofte:], when you least expect it, a voice comes to you frcm out of the past ush- ering ita a flood of memories. It was Oust a week ago when a lette arrived from an old friend a man we last saw about ight years ago. Father Lawre]lce has lived the life of a T appist monk for nearly 75 years, he has been a priest for 69 years living out his vocation at Saint Joseph's, a Cistercian Abbey in western Massachusetts. [[ ,ovonni zmt00 !1 Press his furry paw, and in Italian he greets you, inviting you to re- It spend. Join him when he counts to ten, and when he sings, "Giro, !1 Giro, Tondo" and "La Bella Lavanderina/' Listen while Giovanni II Order Giovanni and other Italian children's products online at www.ltalianChildrensMarket.com 310-427-2700 call for a free catalog! teaches you 'Good Night" and "Good Bye" with the promise of seeing you again. Giovanni speaks only Italian and comes with a translation guide. Giovanni's sweater bears the Italian colors and on the bottom of his left foot, a miniature Italian flag. This cuddly 15' bear is a must for... $34.95 + S&H idea where Spencer was, we never even heard of the town. We made some inquir- ies and discovered that the Abbey was located near Worcester; within a week we were driving through the back roads of central Massa- chusetts searching for the Abbey, it took four hours of searching, finally we turned into the driveway of Saint Joseph's and drove the mile long road leading up to the Abbey church. After spend- ing a memorable half hour in the chapel, we noticed a posting on the entrance door concerning the various daily observances held at the Abbey and the fact that there would be an open house in two weeks, we immediately decided to attend. It was at the open house that we first met Father Laurence; he was serving as the Abbey's archivist at the time. He was and remains an impressive man with a quick wit and a vast intellect. We asked if we could see more of the Abbey, he obliged and guided us through the beautiful grounds that surround the cloister and finally into the library where we sat and came to better know each other. We discovered that we had much in common, par- ticularly sharing a love of history and architecture. Fr. Laurence revealed that he and another monk had much to do with the design of the Abbey which had been built by the monks in the early 1950's upon the plans of a 12 TM century English monastery. Although our meeting lasted only an hour, it became the catalyst of many return visits to the monas- tery, where we would attend Vigils and Compline, spend time in the chapel and return home, they were simple visits that had rast implications in our lives for they served to increase our understanding of the depth and beauty of monastic life and the place it occupies in the Church. We developed a greater appreciation for the value of meditation and the vital need for moments of silence in one's daily life. 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