October 03, 2011

The Southern California teenage girl who grew up to wear a pectoral cross

[I first posted this in 2006.  A new comment just came in.]

At St. Walburga Abbey in Colorado, as at all Benedictine monasteries, the nuns weave daily life in and out of the repeating Liturgy of the Hours or “Divine Office”— services of communal prayer occurring throughout the day.

It is a rhythm of daily worship that the early church created— from matins before dawn, through lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers and finally compline just before retiring.

Monks and nuns also observe some time each day in solitary prayer and reading as individuals.

After these priorities of worship and prayer, domestic chores fill out the day at St. Walburga Abbey— feeding cattle, planting crops, cleaning linens, cooking meals, tending to the guests.

Benedictines follow the regulations of St. Benedict— seeking God in worship, prayer, work and community life under a superior.

St. Walburga Abbey's current abbess, Mother Maria-Michael Newe, O.S.B., was born in Norwalk, California, and entered the monastery at age 17 in 1976.

Three nuns from Abtei Sankt Walburg, Eichstätt, Germany, founded St. Walburga Abbey, Colorado, in 1935, originally to serve as one of several possible places of refuge for the Eichstätt Benedictines who realized the threat in Hitler's rise to power.

An abbess of Eichstätt, Mother Augustina Weihermüller, O.S.B., about 1959 ... yes, with pontifical gloves, ring, pectoral cross and crozier!

Read more about the Colorado monastery through the link below.
Click HERE for it.