Fri 14 Oct, 2011
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Refectory, Renovations, Sister Services
A monastery’s common table is a symbol of the lack of personal ownership of anything, which includes food. The refectory is the place the community gathers to pray and break bread together, sharing a common meal from a common kitchen symbolizing community life.
During the renovations, our refectory was closed. We covered the floors to protect it from all the other construction going on around it.
It was a Benedictine tradition from centuries past to excommunicate someone from the common table for serious faults. This points to the importance we monastics give to the common table.
Once we move back in, our locally made tables will be fewer in number and the space has been shortened, but we will relish the communal dining hall.
For those who have joined us for a meal, you’ll notice the north wall seems closer.We reconfigured the space and walled off a portion of the north end of the refectory. We created a new room that will house Sister Services, which includes our mail boxes. Just goes to show all the different facets of this project: old, new and recycled too!