Many guests at our Retreat House ask about Br. Stephen McGuire who was the beloved Guest Master for many years here. He has been at Carroll Manor on the Providence Hospital campus in Washington, DC where he’s been receiving round-the-clock care for several years now. Abbot Robert had visited our monks there just last week and Br. Stephen was sleeping quietly. But a few days later, Br. Stephen’s nurse telephoned to inform the community that Brother is in decline and had received the anointing of the infirm. I don’t post this to sound an alarm–monks and nuns seem to have incredible constitutions–but we all would ask you to join us in our prayers for him as he arrives at a new level of infirmity and care.