November 17, 2022

Leucistic Red Bellied Woodpecker

A few weeks ago we noticed a bird flying around and coming to the bird feeders.  It appeared to be all white with a red cap. We don't have all white birds so we started to investigate.  We determined the bird to be a leucistic red bellied woodpecker This is a definition given on the web for                                                      leucistic:

This is a normal red bellied woodpecker.

an abnormal condition of reduced pigmentation affecting various animals (such as birds, mammals, and reptiles) that is marked by overall pale color or patches of reduced coloring and is caused by a genetic mutation which inhibits melanin and other pigments from being deposited in feathers, hair, or skin.

Notice the red cap.
Notice the red belly.

This is somewhat different from an albino bird which has no color and pink eyes.only about 1 bird in 30,000 has leucistic or albinistic plumage. Based on these results, leucism and albinism are very rare occurrences among birds.


 

November 14, 2022

MAKING APPLE CIDER

This past Saturday we pulled out the apple press and pressed our apples for cider.  You take turns pressing as it takes a lot of physical strength.  There are several steps.  First washing and cutting up the apples.  Then cutting up the apples more with the cutting machine and finally pressing the apples in the press.  We ended up with about 10 gallons.  The cider is delicious!

Sr. Annie cutting up apples.
Srs. Harriet & Grace cutting apples.



Srs. Madeleine & Mary using the cutting machine.
Sr. Myra pressing apples.
Sr. Harriet pressing apples.



November 8, 2022

GIFT SHOP HOURS

We are finally able to open our gift shop.  Please stop in to buy our candy and gift products.  New hours will be posted later for the new year.

Our Gift Shop Will Open

Friday November 25th

 

Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays only

From November 25 to December 17th

then

Wednesday Dec. 21st, Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd.

 

10:00 to 3:00 pm

 

Summary of the dates we will be open:

November Fri. 25th, Sat. 26th, Wed. 30th.

December Thurs. 1st, Fri. 2nd, Sat. 3rd.

December Wed. 7th, Thurs. 8th, Fri. 9th, Sat. 10th

December Wed. 14th, Thurs. 15th, Fri. 16th, Sat. 17th

December Wed. 21st,  Thurs. 22nd, Fri. 23rd.

 

Thank you!

August 25, 2022

Visit from our Archbishop


 Last Saturday on the feast of St. Bernard  Archbishop Jackels came to celebrate Mass and to have brunch with us afterwards.  We have not visited with him for a few years because of the covid crisis.

We caught up on diocesan news and news of our community.  He has a great sense of humor so it was fun too!

August 16, 2022

Sr. Annie Rose Marie and Sr. Mary Therese receive the Cistercian habit



On Monday August 15th, the feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, our two novices received the Cistercian habit after Chapter.  The event brought great joy to all the community.  The two novices served as gift bearers at Mass.  At dinner we had a celebratory meal.
Check the gallery for more pictures.

Srs. Chris, Annie, M. Rebecca, Mary, Kathleen