Guardian Vineyard named for Mother Rosemae Pender

Mother Rosemae Pender, FSE

MERIDEN, CT (05-12-2012) - Since the founding of the Community's motherhouse in 1973, Mother Rosemae Pender, Mother Foundress, tended the grape vines next to the large garden. In recent years, she has passed this task on to Sister Maria Sena who suggested that the Community dedicate the vineyard to Mother Rosemae who has exercised the guardianship of the Community from its beginnings. On May 12, 2012, the Meriden Sisters held a prayer service at the vineyard and officially named it the "Guardian Vineyard."

The richness of the Scriptural image of grape vines has been a part of the prayer of Mother Rosemae not only as she tended the grapes but as she continues to pray for the fruitfulness of the Community's mission:

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing" (John 15:1-5).

Sister Maria Sena reads a passage from Scripture at the prayer service.
                                                      A few of the Meriden Sisters who gathered for the prayer service.