May 7, 2020

SPRING at MISSISSIPPI ABBEY

 Spring is here in full force.  The potatoes have been planted for this year.  We are still eating the potatoes we harvested last year.  They should last until June.
The tomato plants that we started from seed are being hardened off before they are planted in the garden.











The birds have returned including our favorites, the Baltimore oriole!

 



 We are also living with the realities of the covid-19 virus.  Iowa has been under a stay home order since March.  We don't feel it too much as we don't go out much but it has been challenging getting food and making doctors' appointments.
We are keeping health care workers, people who are sick, and those who are isolated or at home with young children very much in prayer these days.



February 24, 2020

Sr. Harriet's First Profession of Vows

Yesterday, Sunday February 23rd, Sr. Harriet made her first profession at Chapter before Sunday Mass.  Sr. Gail read from the Rule of St. Benedict, M. Rebecca gave a talk for Sr. Harriet's profession.  Sr. Harriet read and signed her profession schedule and then received the black scapular and leather belt of a professed sister.  At dinner we celebrated with Sr. Harriet and had a very nice meal.
Sr. Gail
M. Rebecca reading her talk


Sr. Harriet reading her profession schedule


Signing her profession schedule
Clothed with the black scapular and leather belt

Sr. Anna (junior director) and Sr. Harriet
Opening a gift at dinner

January 27, 2020

Sr. Nettie Gamble's Silver Jubilee

On January 25, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, our Sr. Nettie celebrated 25 years as a professed Cistercian nun.  We had a special celebration of the Eucharist with Fr. David Bauch  of New Melleray Abbey celebrating.  He gave a wonderful sermon, reminding us that our religion is a person, Jesus and that we have all that we need to follow him and  bring him more fully into the world as did persons like Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa.









After the Eucharist we had a celebratory dinner with the community.  Sr. Nettie shared on the most important events in her monastic life.  Blessings on the next 25 years, Sr. Nettie!