August 3, 2022


This past weekend a group of about 20 young people, ages 14 to college age came to OLM to learn about monastic life.  They joined us for prayer in the chapel and visited with some sisters during meals at our Welcome center.  They toured our farm on Saturday afternoon.  On Sunday after Mass they all met with a panel of sisters for questions and answers.  We really enjoyed them and they seemed to enjoy their time at OLM.

hey seemed to have enjoyed the time with us too.

July 23, 2022

Watercolor classes with Mary Barrett

Last weekend Mary Barrett, an artist and blood sister of our Sr. Nettie, came for a visit and gave 7 sisters watercolor classes.  They all raved about them and enjoyed learning and experimenting the watercolor technique.

Mary has also written 3 icons for our community.  Most recently she wrote Our Lady of the Sign for our church.  She is a versatile artist and works in many mediums.  See her work at  .



June 29, 2022

Classes with Fr. Michael Casey

This past week we had classes with Fr. Michael Casey.  Fr. Michael, a Cistercian monk from our Australian house, Tararawa Abbey.  He is a well know spiritual writer and presenter.  The classes were on humility, especially the topic of humility in the Rule of St. Benedict and how to interpret it. 

Fr. Michael Casey










Two monks from Gethsemani Abbey also came to tape Fr. Michael giving a class on the constitutions of our order.  One of the monks name is Lazarus.  We had some fun with that as we have a Mary and a Martha in our community.

Fr. Lawrence

Mary, Lazarus, Martha

June 6, 2022

Babysitting a Fawn

We have a fawn that has been coming with its mother and spending the day on our front lawn.  The mother brings it and then leaves to forage for food.  She checks on her fawn every once in a while.  The fawn mostly sleeps and sometimes it is hard to see when it is tucked in the grass asleep.

May 16, 2022


Our Srs. Harriet and Madeleine recently returned from the annual junior professed meeting at our monastery of the Holy Cross in Berryville, Virginia.  Each year the junior professed monks and nuns of our order gather at one of our monasteries for a few weeks of classes and an opportunity to get to know each other and life at another monastery.

This year Fr. Michael Casey from our abbey in Australia was the teacher.  Fr. Michael has written extensively about monastic life and spirituality.  The main topic was community life in all of its aspects.