Monday, March 24, 2008

Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

I really like the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration a lot.

They have an interesting history.

It began in Maria Rickenbach, Switzerland, in the 1500s when a wooden statue of the Virgin and Child was miraculously preserved from fire.

Maria Rickenbach became a place of pilgrimage, and later in 1853, two women began a Convent there for perpetual adoration.

In 1874 five of the sisters from the Maria Rickenbach convent were asked by Benedictine Fathers in Conception, Missouri, USA to help minister to the immigrant settlers.

Today, there are about 100 Benedictine Sisters of perpetual adoration with houses in Clyde, Missouri; Tucson, Arizona; and Dayton, Wyoming.

They have one of the most beautiful and functional Benedictine web sites, and are known for their Online Shops stocked with super items you should buy anytime you need those products, Famous podcasts of the Divine Office which will place you inside your favorite monastery; and a Video on Benedictine Princples that is first rate.

The video may seem like just an oveview of the Benedictine Sisters, but you can make a checklist of every essential Benedictine tradition and monastic principle in the 1,800-years of Christian monasticism by watching the sisters in this 3-minute video. Not bad.

And, it is presented with an easy grace and wecloming spirit that marks the Benedictine life.

I loved the picture of the sister sitting in front of her computer (1 min 36 secs. into the video). She is looking into the future.

Tip o' the hat to the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

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