We wish you all a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving as we give thanks for all the blessings the Lord has bestowed on us!
November 27, 2014
November 5, 2014
Yesterday, November 4th, we celebrated our Golden Jubilee. We will be celebrating the year but yesterday was the actual day of founding. We decided to celebrate just among ourselves. We had a nice dinner and in the afternoon watched slides from over the last 50 years. We had 3 of our foundresses with us, M. Gail and Srs. Mary Ann and Joan.
|Arriving in Dubuque
|Hand wrapping caramels
|Singing for the monks of New Melleray
|M. Columba and M.Agnes of Wrentham
October 21, 2014
October 13, 2014
|just down the road from the abbey
October 8, 2014
|At it's peak at 5:25 AM
|At 6:50 as it is setting
September 30, 2014
Our General Chapter concluded this past Sunday. Our M. Rebecca and Sr. Christine will be arriving home today!
September 17, 2014
|back row center M.Rebecca front row right Sr. Christine
|simultaneous translation in the aula
September 1, 2014
This morning at Chapter we had the first presentation of our looking back to our beginnings as we celebrate our 50th Jubilee Year. Sr. Gail, formerly known as Sr. Bernard dressed in our pre-Vatican II habit. Then she read a prose/poem written by Sr. Mary Ellen of Wrentham about the founding of Wrentham, our founding house. Sr. Gail got very choked up while reading about some of the foundresses of Wrentham whom she knew well. Later,we celebrated Labor Day by beginning our Candy Season. From Labor Day until the beginning of December we make our candy full time. When December comes we are busy sending out packages to our customers for Christmas. This is a special time of year for us. Most projects stop and only necessary work such as laundry, cooking and cleaning are done because it is all hands on deck to produce the candy which supports us. It’s special because we work closely together in this endeavor.
August 29, 2014
Fr. Michael Casey, from Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia is here giving us classes on the 4th Chapter of the Rule of St. Benedict, The Tools for Good Living. Fr. Michael is a gifted teacher and writer. He says it as it is with lots of good humor. The tools for good living are tools to live a life based on the Gospels. They are relevant to all Christians seeking to follow Jesus is an authentic way. His new book, Seventy-Four Tools For Good Living, has just been published.
August 25, 2014
|Inspecting a replaced window
|Rob cleaning out the pump room
August 10, 2014
Once or twice a year the Associates of Iowa Cistercian come to our abbey for their monthly meeting. The lay group, affiliated with both our abbey and New Melleray Abbey, strive to live the Cistercian values in the world. The meeting usually takes place at New Melleray Abbey because of the larger space. The group comes to Sext and None with Sr. Chris, our choir director, leading the group.
There is always a teaching on a topic pertaining to Cistercian life. This month, Dom Mark gave a teaching on the Rule of St. Benedict in a very creative way. He used art as a tool to teach about the Rule. This provoked a very lively and enthusiastic discussion in the afternoon session.
|Dom Mark joined us for None
August 4, 2014
We had the great pleasure of a visit from our Archbishop, Archbishop Michael Jackels. He has been our archbishop for just over a year now. He was the celebrant for our Sunday Eucharist. He gave a heartfelt homily about the primacy of Jesus in our Christian life. He encouraged us and our guests to strive to know Jesus more and more, saying that you can’t love what you don’t know and to truly follow Jesus. It is clear that this is the standard for our archbishop.
After the Eucharist we had a brunch with Archbishop Jackels. It was a delight getting to know him better. We were free to ask him any questions we wanted. Sr. Christine, who will be going to Italy soon, with a stop in Siena, asked him about his devotion to Catherine of Siena. He told us how he was introduced to her and how he has read all her writings and how her wisdom was so pertinent to our own times in guiding the Church today.