Friday, September 16, 2016

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Buy a Nun a Book Day!

Yes, tomorrow is the feast of St Hildegard of Bingen, Benedictine nun and author, a Renaissance woman centuries before the Renaissance... and the annual observance beloved of consecrated women everywhere, Buy a Nun a Book Day.

Last Year, you generously revamped the Liturgy section of our novitiate library: THANKS!!!!!! The novices still need a few titles, especially for the Scripture shelf, in case you are so inclined. And, indeed, I myself have quite a lengthy "wish list" of books

But, as much as we love books, what we really need is a generator. Not your back-yard-in-case-the-lights-go-out kind of generator, but an industrial scale behemoth to replace the ancient one that gave up the ghost (along with some carbon monoxide) last winter. Naturally, we shut it down as soon as we figured out what that triple-beep alarm meant, but that means that when the power goes out (as it did very briefly this past Sunday) we have no backup power for the emergency lights, the Infirmary elevator and oxygen system, the walk-in freezer and refrigerator, and the server room. (You can read more about this on our newsletter.)

It's really not a good situation to be in. And generators that size are not cheap. We will be devoting our annual fund-raiser to this project, but I thought Why not give people an opportunity to turn a book into a generator this year, and donate toward the generator what they would have spent on a book for the sisters?

So if you were wondering about Buy a Nun a Book Day, and wishing you could buy a book for ALL your favorite media nuns, this might be one way to do it. Then when the new generator powers on those emergency lights during the next power failure, we can

If you still really, really want to send a book, ship to the novices' library at:

Daughters of St Paul
Novices Library
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

(That's my address, too, but I'm not hinting!!!)

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