Is it possible to come worship with the Community?
Yes, we would be happy to have you join us! As St. Hilda's House prepares for the move to our new convent, hours of worship and times for visiting may vary. It is best that you call us (212-666-8249, Ext. 100) and leave a message inquiring about your visit. One of us will return your call as soon as we can. Times for the Offices at Melrose/Bluestone Farm vary because our outdoor work is dependent on the sunlight, so it is best to check our schedule ahead of time by calling us at 845-363-1971. Sunday Offices begin at 10a.m. with Lauds, followed by the Eucharist at 10:30. On rare occasions even our Sunday schedule may be altered, so please call ahead if you are planning to attend.
Is it disrespectful not to sing along during the Daily Offices?
Not at all. If you are unfamiliar with plainsong, which is quite complicated, it is perfectly appropriate to simply listen. If you are comfortable singing with us, we ask that you do so quietly. This helps the sisters hear each other, and allows other guests to hear the monastic choir.
Can I come share a meal with the Community?
Yes, we would be happy to have you as our guest. At St. Hilda’s House, guests may join the Sisters for Evening Prayer and supper on Wednesday or Sunday evenings. At Melrose/Bluestone Farm, guests may join us for lunch on Tues-Thurs at 1 p.m. or Sunday brunch following Mass. Please do call ahead, as our schedules do change on occasion and we want to be sure that meals are prepared accordingly (St. Hilda's House: 212-666-8249 ext. 100; Melrose/Bluestone Farm: 845-363-1971).
What are the accommodations like at Melrose/Bluestone Farm?
Rooms in the Longhouse (our former convent) are furnished simply, with a single bed, a bedside table, a lamp and a closet. Each of the five rooms in The Longhouse is attached to a full bath; some rooms share a bath. We do try, whenever possible, to arrange for each guest to have a private bathroom. There is a fully furnished kitchen and large common room, both of which look out upon the woods. Guests should be aware that other events are held at the Living Arts Center, and you may be sharing the guest house with others.
Is it possible to work in the garden or help out with the Farm?
Absolutely! We would love to show you the gardens, and to have you join us in our farmwork. Please mention that you are interested in helping out to one of the Sisters, and we will talk with you about the tasks we're currently working on. Depending on the time of year, we may be germinating seeds, planting, weeding, harvesting, maple sugaring, or sorting seeds.