Prayer Books Come and Go…

by Sr. Suzanne Homeyer, VHM

Grandpa Albert’s German Prayer book

This is the prayer book that my maternal grandfather, Albert Krueger, brought to the ‘new world’ when he was just 13 years old in 1912. It is typeset in the old German print style and doesn’t have pictures. There are some great hymns in it that I do remember Grandpa singing as he worked in the garden or as he relaxed with his Prince Albert cigar after a hard day at work!

What items remind you of your life – past or present?  Will they be part of your legacy?

Why is this blog about books and cigars appearing now on the Visitation Monastery website?

This weekend is the Sisters’ Annual Retreat for women in the neighborhood and the facilitator has asked us to bring an item from our own history — past or present to be shared in small group. Karen Westbrooks is known for creative ways for getting women to share their personal stories! She has been a speaker several

Liturgy of the Hours prayer book

times for our group and we are looking forward to “OWNING HISTORY AND HARNESSING HOPE” — a presentation she put together after a visit to the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture.

What items remind you of your life – past or present? Will they be part of your legacy?

I imagine my great nieces and nephews someday looking at the prayer book I use for the Liturgy of the Hours and wondering about their Aunt Sister Sue.



An invitation from Sr. Suzanne Homeyer, vhm and the Visitation Community:

Smiling retreatantsWhat: Northside Women’s Retreat

When: Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19. you must be able to attend the entire retreat. Friday night runs from 6 pm until 9 pm and Saturday we go from 8:30 am until 3 pm.

Where: Retreat will be in the Cafeteria of the Ascension School on the corner of Dupont and 17th Avenue North.

Speakers will be: Dr. Barbara Sutton of St. John’s University and Ms. Dorice Law, a northsider and former participant in the Women’s Retreat. Dorice is currently a student at St. John’s.

Focus of retreat: PRAYING WITH THE FACE OF WOMEN IN SCRIPTURES. The presenters have done extensive work on Women in the St. John’s Bible.

NOTE: Registration will be limited to the first 50 women who register. Keep watching our website, the mail and Acension’s church bulletin and listen for pulpit announcements telling you when registration forms are available.