October 8, 2018

60 YEARS of MONASTIC PROFESSION



       Sr. Carol                                       Sr. Barbara                                       Sr. Gail                             Sr. Lillian                         
On October 6th we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of four Cistercian sisters.  Srs. Gail and Carol from OLM Abbey, Sr. Barbara from Our Lady of the Angels Abbey in Virginia and Sr. Lillian an OLM Abbey sister who has lived as a hermit in Florida for the last 30 years.

Srs. Gail and Barbara shared initial formation together at Mount St. Mary's Abbey in Wrentham, MA. and were clothed together and made both simple and Solemn profession together.  Srs. Gail and Lillian came on the foundation to OLM and Sr. Barabara went on the foundation some years later to Our Lady of the Angels.  Sr. Carol was a Mercy sister in Cedar Rapids, IA and entered OLM in the early 1970's.
Dom Mark Scott, our father immediate from New Melleray Abbey presided at the Eucharist and the sisters renewed their vows after the Gospel was read.

June 18, 2018

Community Retreat

Dom Gerard
Last week our community had its annual retreat.  This year Dom Gerard from Genesse Abbey south of Rochester in New York preached the retreat.  It was a wonderful retreat.  His conferences were deep and thought provoking.  He spoke on many subjects ranging from our deepest desire for God as the only source of real happiness, acedia as an overlying state in our society, the importance of stability in our monastic life to aid us to go deeper, Marian spirituality and many other things.
We were blessed with good weather so it was possible to spend time in nature.

June 9, 2018

Sr. Macarena's Clothing

Our new novice
 Our Sr. Macarena received the Cistercian habit on June 8th, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Chapter Room.  This was followed by the Mass for the feast.  At dinner we had a festive meal with Mexican cuisine.  Mother Rebecca made enchiladas for the occasion.  We are very happy to welcome Sr. Macarena into our novitiate!
Receiving the Rule of St. Benedict


Receiving the Cistercian Habit


Back:Sr. Macarena, Sr. Mary Therese, Sr. Harriet  Front: M. Rebecca, Sr. Kathleen

A very happy formation group




May 7, 2018

Mother Rebecca Stramoski

Mother Rebecca Stramoski was reelected abbess today for another six year term.  Her community is blessed and grateful for her service as abbess.

May 1, 2018

Visitors from Tautra Mariakloster

Srs. Gilchrist and Marjoe are visiting us from our daughter house of Tautra Mariakloster in mid-Norway.  Sr. Gilchrist just finished her 6 year term as prioress.  She arrived at Mississippi Abbey on her birthday and of course we had to celebrate!
Sr. Marjoe, a foundress of both Mississippi Abbey and Tautra Mariakloster came for her 5 year home visit.  Many of her nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews visited for about 5 days last week.

We don't get to see our sisters from Norway very often so it is always a very special time when they are with us.
Tautra Maria Kloster is growing rapidly with mostly European vocations from Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and one sister from Asia.  They are planning to add onto the monastery to provide rooms for growth.