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.

March 15, 2018

IOWA The Best State to Live In!

Recently, U.S.NEWS published their Best States Overall Ranking for 2018.  Iowa was number 1 on the list!

Overall State Health Care Education Economy Opportunity Infrastructure Crime & Corrections Fiscal Stability Quality of Life
#1 Iowa       3       5       17          4          1        15      21      9

Some states shine in health care. Some soar in education. Some excel in both – or in much more. The Best States ranking of U.S. states draws on thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens. In addition to health care and education, the metrics take into account a state’s economy, the opportunity and quality of life it offers people, its roads, bridges, internet and other infrastructure, its public safety and the fiscal stability of state government.
More weight was accorded to some state measures than others, based on a survey of what matters most to people. Health care and education were weighted most heavily. Then came state economies, the opportunity states offer their citizens and infrastructure. Crime & corrections followed closely in weighting, followed by measures of government fiscal stability and people's quality of life. This explains why Iowa, ranking No. 1 in infrastructure and No. 3 in health care, occupies the overall No. 1 spot in the Best States rankings. And it explains why Minnesota, ranking No. 2 in quality of life and No. 3 in opportunity for its citizens, ranks No. 2 overall in the Best States rankings.

Autumn in the late afternoon
Spring at dawn

If their was a ranking for beauty the Iowa bluffs of the Mississippi River would get a very high ranking.
View from our refectory
Rolling hills up to the river