Abbey Blog

Regnum Mundi Video

In honor of the first anniversary of Sister Maria-Raphaelle and Sister Fidelis’ Solemn Monastic Profession, which was on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, 2021, we made this short video showcasing some of the highlights of the ceremony, accompanied by their singing the Regnum Mundi chant.

Read More

Becoming Prayer

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB “The clear implication is that, even in our busiest and most engrossing moments, we will never be altogether forgetful of God’s goodness. In fact, the reality of the divine presence will be a kind of constant distraction so that we will occasionally smile, without apparent cause, as people…

Read More

Another Suscipe

On July 11, the Solemnity of Saint Benedict, our Sister Maria-Placida renewed her vows for another year. Join us in praying for her as she journeys toward Solemn Profession! During the vow renewal ceremony, the “Suscpie” is sung by the sister before the altar. The full text of the chant is “Suscipe me, Domine, secundum…

Read More

Walk with Him

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB It seems to me that God loves to meet people on a walk.  Starting in Genesis we hear that God walked with Adam and Eve through the gardens.  And we have Jesus meeting the disciples on the road to Emmaus.  And we have Saul on the way to…

Read More

Signs of Summer

The below “photo story” highlights some of the things that make this season special at our monastery: The sound of singing birds filling our chapel through the open windows is a sure sign that summer has arrived. This year a Red-winged Blackbird nest was found woven through the grass along the bank of one of…

Read More

Loving Like Mary Magdalene

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB The story of Mary Magdalene at the empty tomb is so delightful.  She is so intent on finding Jesus.  How long does it take her to notice the angels there?  But they address her with such honor, “Woman, why are you weeping?” (John 20:13).  Heaven is concerned when…

Read More

Paschal Candles + Exsultet Audio

Thanks to the hard work of the Sisters in our paschal candle department, parishes across the state are now burning our hand-painted candles in their churches. Sister Fidelis’ beautiful scene of the tomb on Easter morning was replicated by each artist on candles large and small, depending on what each parish ordered. Paschal candles are…

Read More

Rejoice!

A reflection on the joy celebrating Holy Week by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;            my Lord has forgotten me.”Can a mother forget her infant,            be without tenderness for the child of her womb?Even should she forget,            I will never forget you.                         -Isaiah 49: 14-15 This reading from Isaiah…

Read More

Annunciation Motet

On March 25, the Annunciation of the Lord, Sister Maria renewed her monastic vows for another year. Join us in praying for her, as her next step will be making her Solemn Profession next year! During the celebration of the Eucharist on that day, some of our Sisters sang a motet called “Dixit Maria” by…

Read More

The Monastic Vocation: Teaching the World about Humility and Obedience

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB, on the Benedictine’s call to practice some of the least popular virtues in our world’s culture In Chapter 7 of his Rule, Saint Benedict tells us, “We must set up that ladder on which Jacob in a dream saw angels descending and ascending (Gen. 28:12).  Without doubt, this…

Read More

Our Feb. 2 Tradition

Every year on February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, after the blessing of candles and the celebration of the Eucharist, we place our candles in a heart candelabra in front of the altar to burn throughout the day.  It is a tradition that honors the Sacred Heart of Christ, which burns…

Read More

You Are a Teacher

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB We hear in the Gospels about the schedule of Jesus.  What was on his work list was very simple: “Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness” (Matthew 9:35).  That was…

Read More

Wisdom from St. Francis de Sales

Today the Church commemorates St. Francis de Sales, whose Introduction to the Devout Life has aided many on their spiritual journeys. Here are a couple passages from his writing which are as relevant today as they ever were: “Anxiety proceeds from an inordinate desire of being delivered from the evil that we feel or of…

Read More

Remembering Sister Pauline

Sister Pauline was born on September 4, 1934 in Verdun, a suburb of Montreal, in the province of Quebec, Canada.  Her birth name was Marie Anna Yolande, and her father Louis LaPlante worked at a hosier factory, and mother Emerilda Chartier LaPlante had been a teacher, but became a full-time home-maker after Yolanda’s birth.  She…

Read More

The Original Cabbage Patch Kid

A reflection on the life of Sister Mary Sebastian, OSB, by a nun of the Abbey of St. Walburga Sister Mary Sebastian Geary, OSB July 4, 1933 – December 13, 2021 I will never forget the day that I had the opportunity to hear the story of Sister Mary Sebastian’s life.  Knowing what little I…

Read More

Loading…

Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.