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  • Western Bishop's Retreat:

    Posted on January 15, 2018

    The Assembly of Western Canadian Bishops meet every year in January at Westminster Abbey, Mission, BC, for their annual retreat. This year the retreat occurred during the series of ice storms that hit the coast of British Columbia. This hazardous climate event damaged hundreds of trees on the monastery property and made driving very difficult. The retreat this year was preached by Bishop Gerald Wiesner, Bishop Emeritus of Prince George. His theme was on God’s great mercy. Christ the King Seminary is attached to this Benedictine monastery and contains not only a major seminary but also a minor seminary, the only one in Canada.
    Shown here is the exterior of the monastery church with the grounds layered with ice. Next is one of the first frescos painted by Fr. Dunstan, OSB, famous around the world for his paintings and sculptures, and a member of this Benedictine community. Next is a sample of one of the interior hallways and finally the monastery refectory featuring the last major fresco painted by Fr. Dunstan. This original depiction of the Last Supper was done in the precise Medieval technique including the way that the morter was applied and mixed. Chagall and Picasso were important influences on Fr. Dunstan’s artistic style.

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