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Shake the Dust Off

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB “Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” Mark 6:11 I have to laugh when I imagine Jesus teaching His followers that they don’t have to fight people who don’t agree with them…

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Fall Features

Our Chapel Window Tinting Project This fall, we tinted the upper windows of our chapel to solve the dilemma of having very direct sunlight hit our faces when we are trying to pray the Divine Office.  It was a three-day ordeal, involving moving our liturgies to the conference room, fitting a JLG lift through doorways…

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2023 Calendars for Sale

This year’s calendar features photos of our Sisters performing daily monastic duties.  The calendar also gives the days of the Church’s liturgical days and seasons, together with days commemorated by the Order of St. Benedict, as they are observed at our Abbey.  You can order a calendar from our Gift Shop, either by emailing us at…

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Padre Pio’s Example

“You ought to ask the Lord for just one thing: to love Him.” PADRE PIO A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB St. Padre Pio is a favorite of many; you cannot but love him.  His whole life was one of suffering, yet he was known to have a great sense of humor.  He also…

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Sister Maria-Rose’s First Profession

On September 14, 2022, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, our Sister Mary made her First Profession of Monastic Vows during the Eucharistic Celebration, receiving the name Sister Maria-Rose, and taking Our Lady of Guadalupe as her Patroness. It was a beautiful ceremony, and unique because our Sister Assunta also renewed her…

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Moses Being Sent

A reflection by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB We know the famous story about God telling Moses to go tell Pharaoh to let His people go.  He says, “Now, go!  I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10).  Don’t you think Moses choked at this command:  “Pharaoh? …

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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