—on a journey

—on a journey,

on this planet for the briefest of time,

—in cosmic terms,

trying to understand…

—where the totality of reality,

comes from.


—looking for patterns of information…

—to organize one’s perceptions ….

and experiences,

—-to understand the external world.




n. dill

“The Electronic Lightness of Learning”

“Knowledge Navigation in the 21st Century”


(inspired by Philip Phoenix’s

“Ways of Knowing” & “Realms of Meaning”)


(paraphrased from Brian Greene –

author of “The Hidden Reality” & “The Elegant Universe”)



2011 Meeting Schedule


Lay Associates Meetings:
second Saturdays of the month, 1:30 – 4:00 PM
Jan 8
Feb 12
Mar 12
Apr 9
May 14
Jun 11
Jul 9
Aug 13
Sept 10
Oct 8
Nov 12
( Dec–no meeting)


Mount Melleray Abbot to head Cistercians

Dom Eamon Fitzgerald, the Abbot of Mount Melleray Abbey, has been elected Abbot General of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance.

Dom Eamon was chosen by the Cistercian abbots and abbesses of the Order at a meeting yesterday in Assisi, Italy, and took immediate command of the spiritual lives of 2,185 monks and 1,782 nuns.

As the first Irishman to hold this lofty office, he will reside at the Order’s headquarters in Rome, but spend over half the year travelling around the Order’s 97 monasteries of monks and 72 monasteries of nuns in 47 different countries.

There is no fixed term of office for an Abbot General, but he must offer his resignation on reaching 75.

The monks of Mount Melleray will hold an election in the near future to choose a successor to Dom Eamon, their resident spiritual boss for almost two decades.

Dublin-born Dom Eamon first entered Mount Melleray Abbey, Co Waterford, in 1966.

Before his return to Mount Mellary as abbot in 1989, he served or a number of years as chaplain to Cistercian nuns in Abakaliki, Nigeria. Since 2002, he has also been moderator of the Order’s General Chapter of senior abbots and abbesses.


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Retreat House Contact

Currently, the phone number for retreat requests is our house number, (520)455 5595, and the email address is sracommty@wildblue.net. You may also write to the Retreat Secretary, Santa Rita Abbey, HC 1, Box 929, Sonoita, AZ 85637.

Retreat Secretary
Santa Rita Abbey
14200 Fish Canyon
HC 1 Box 929
Sonoita AZ 85637-9705

Associates Contact

Sister Pamela Fletcher, OCSO
Santa Rita Abbey
14200 Fish Canyon
HC 1 Box 929
Sonoita AZ 85637-9705

Welcome to all Abbey Associates

This is a place for announcements and readings for Associates of Santa Rita Abbey.