Polar Bear Swim for the Baptism of the Lord

Last Sunday, we decided to borrow a custom from our Eastern brethren and inaugurate a new tradition here at Queen of Peacecelebrating the Baptism of Christ by going for a polar bear swim in the glacier-fed waters of Pilchuk Creek! 

Bundled in wool and lugging firewood for a post-swim bonfire,  Bronwyn, Sister Elizabeth Marie and Sister Dominic Maria set out for the icy waters. Aided by mutual encouragement (and maybe a little constructive peer pressure), all three took the plunge!

We admitted that Canada, and the Pilchuk, might be a bit colder than Bethany beyond the Jordan—but much fun was had by all!

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