The Benedictine Sisters Enjoying the Circle of Love

BRISTOW, Va. — Hosted by the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, the Circle of Love picnic is held each year on the grounds of Saint Benedict Monastery. The Circle of Love picnic once again brought together friends, family, young and old. Over 200 people were in attendance Saturday and guests enjoyed an afternoon of good food, entertainment and fun activities.

Food prepared by the Knights of Columbus, George Brent Council #5332 included burgers, chicken and hot dogs and all the fixings of a traditional family barbeque. Greg Dodson provided hours of great music with a mix of county, rock and folk tunes.

Children played games, jumped on the moon-bounce and had face-painting. Many people strolled the beautiful grounds and wandered through the Master’s Gardener’s lovely gardens. For those seeking solace or prayer, they visited the tranquil Place of Peace, while others enjoyed the serenity of the Forgiveness Garden, the meditation space of the Peace Silos or took a walk on the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth.

The ministries of the Benedictine Sisters were out in full force with tables set up around the Circle of Love. Each guest was given a Benedictine Passport to get validated at each of the ministry tables which included Linton Hall School, BEACON for Adult Literacy, Saint Gertrude High School, Benedictine Pastoral Center and Transitional Housing BARN. Once fully validated, they were entered into a drawing for an IPad Mini. There was also a silent auction and raffle baskets with items donated from local sponsors.

The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia are a community of women living the Rule of Benedict, supporting one another in their mutual search for God and ministering to the needs of the Church in Virginia since 1868. Their daily monastic life is comprised of communal prayer, meaningful ministry and the sharing of life in common. Praying the psalms, or the Liturgy of the Hours, at morning, midday and evening, they bring the needs of our world to the timeless praise of God.

For more information about the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia and their ministries, visit www.osbva.org.