April 24, 2017

Early Arbor Day

We have lost several trees around the house this past year.  The tall pine in front of the Abbey took a direct hit from lightning last fall and utterly destroyed it.  A few other trees took hit and an oak was cut down because it was diseased.  So on Friday several trees were planted around the            house, most of them decorative.  They are pretty tall so they should grow fast.

April 7, 2017

Sr. Esther's Designs

Sr. Esther and Dale Mueller at the new ambo.
1991 Sr. Esther from Santa Rita Abbey in Arizona came to help us with a renovation of our church.  Sr. Esther was a church designer in Italy before she entered the Cistercian order.  She did the designs for us but never saw the work in its completed form.  We asked her to return to help us design a new ambo as ours was too low and not at a good angle for reading. So a few weeks ago Sr. Esther came and did design and made the changes to the ambo and also raised the altar, put arms on the presiders chair(previously we couldn't use it as some of our chaplains needed arms).  She also designed a new holder for our icon.  She worked very hard and had assistance from a stone mason and our farm manager Dale Mueller.  We love what she did and are grateful to her and her community.


Presiders Chair

Icon Stand

Raised Altar and Ambo

Stand detail

March 14, 2017

Listen to Compline on our Website.

You can now listen to Compline on our Website.  It is accompanied by the harp.
It is listed under the drop downs Our Life, Prayer, Divine Office, Compline.  Click here to listen now.

February 2, 2017

Receiving the Cistercian Habit

Today on the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple, Verena Bonitz, received the Cistercian habit of a novice.  The novice also receives the Rule of St. Benedict and a cross made from wood from our property.  She will spend the next 2 years studying the Rule and inculcating the monastic way at Mississippi Abbey.
Verena receiving the habit from M. Rebecca
Verena has chosen to change her name to Sr. Mary Gabriel.
The Annunciation means a great deal to our new novice and thus the choosing of Mary Gabriel.  M. Rebecca mentioned in her Chapter talk this morning that Pope St. John Paul II saw the feast of the Presentation as a second Annunciation, thus tying the two together.
Sr. Kathleen (novice director) with Sr. Mary Gabriel
Sr. Mary Gabriel is from Germany and has lived in the states for several years and is fluent in English.

January 11, 2017

New Wheels!

Sr. Mary Ann got the best present ever for Christmas this year.  She has waited 79 years for her own set of wheels and she finally got them.  Sr. Mary Ann has been using a leg/ankle brace for several years and it is not doing its job lately.  The scooter keeps her off her feet and gives her the freedom to get around by herself.  To make up for walking less she works out every day on our New Step machine.