Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

“Glory be to You, O equal Trinity, One Godhead, both before all ages, and now, and forever.” -Cistercian Antiphonal

After journeying with Our Lord through the Lenten Season and accompanying Him during His Passion and death, the Church has us celebrate His Resurrection for the 50 days of Eastertide. The season culminates with the Ascension of the Lord and out-pouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. After reflecting on the life and mission of Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we celebrate the deepest mystery of our Faith: the Most Holy Trinity.

The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them.” (Catechism 234)

Thank you for your generous support! We are moved in and getting settled and starting to find our way around the New Monastery. Construction continues on the Chapel and North Range, with hopeful completion in late August. Landscaping and grounds work has begun.

We cannot adequately express our appreciation for all who have supported our community and the building of the New Monastery. While we met our budget goal with your help, additional and unexpected expenses continue to arise. There are also unique opportunities for support, such as sponsoring chapel-related furnishings, paving for the driveway, a solar array, etc. Feel free to contact us for more information.

We thank God for your friendship and the great gift of this house – may it truly be for His Glory!

Views from May 19

The Chapel’s groin vaults are nearly complete

Every surface of the Chapel walls receives careful hand-sanding attention from the drywall crew

Making way for the electrical lines, the final lampposts are being installed; soil for the landscaping at the ready

Views from May 10

North of the Chapel a curving path will connect to the Cemetery to the Chapel; we hope to relocate our old cemetery soon

The exacting work of shaping the Chapel’s groin vaults continues with the cooperative dance between framers and drywallers

Dodging the Spring rains, concrete work is nearing completion — here at the Guest Courtyard, they poured the final walkway linking the Chapel main doors and the parking area

Views from May 3

The view from 300 feet above the monastery; we’re eager for the landscaping to begin in earnest next week

The bells were successfully installed and connected to a digital control system; the regular beautiful chiming has changed the whole atmosphere of the monastery

View from a cell; the nuns are enjoying living on a ridge with lovely views of the landscape, sunrises, sunsets… and the occasional rainbow

Pavers were placed in the Guest Courtyard; a fountain and plantings soon to follow

Inside, steel framers and drywallers are working in close collaboration to build the complex groin vaults of the Chapel ceiling

Tile is being installed in the Chapel Narthex

The drywallers are intent on finishing the groin vaults over the Sanctuary area first, so that scaffolding can be removed and allow the detailed work below to accelerate

April 28-29: Bell Blessing & Installation

The bells are carefully placed onto stands in preparation for Sunday’s blessing; these solid bronze bells weigh several hundred pounds

Rob Nurre, crafter of the bell stands, carefully attaches the bearings which allow the bells to swing in place

The community gathers for this once-in-a-lifetime ceremony

The largest of the bells, now christened St. Raphael, came from the old St. Raphael Cathedral in Madison; two bells were newly cast to accompany this donated bell – now named St. Gabriel & St. Michael

After a reading and responsorial psalm the bells were blessed with lengthy prayers

Then the bells were washed with Holy Water

Then the bells were anointed with Chrism, inside and out

And finally, the bells were filled with incense

After happily ringing the bells together, Bishop Hying, Msgr. Bartylla, & Mother Anne Marie pose for a photo

One by one the bells were hoisted to the bell tower with a crane

The crew on the ground and the crew in the tower coordinated the transfer beautifully

St. Raphael safely in place on its stand

Views from April 19

The complex ceiling vaulting and walls of the Guest Nave are nearly ready for painting

A mockup of the pavers for the Guest Courtyard check for color and pattern

View of the north side of the monastery, with the cemetery in the foreground; timing of landscaping and plantings will depend on what the spring weather allows

Drywallers and finishers follow close behind the steel framers as everyone hustles (conscientiously!) to complete the Chapel by July

Scaffolding still fills the entire Chapel nave as work on the ceiling groin vaults continues

Views from late March & early April

The steel framers and the drywallers continue their satisfying and successful collaboration on shaping the Chapel’s complex groin vaults

View of the Monastery from above St. Peter’s Rock looking west, before the trees soon begin to leaf out

Newly arrived bells! A bell from the old St. Raphael’s cathedral plus two newly cast bells to accompany it, plus our existing Ave Maria bell arrive at their new home

The cloister paving, modeled on the St. Benedict medal, was barely completed before being covered by an early-April snowfall

The work to finish up the Guest Wing is all interior now; landscaping and plantings are awaiting favorable weather

Aerial view of cloister courtyard

March 8: Community Relocation

No dry eyes as we bid farewell to our community’s home for nearly 70 years

After an early celebration of Holy Mass the oratory was dissembled; the empty wall where the crucifix hung is a fitting reminder of the imprint the nun’s prayers leave behind on these old buildings

Nuns and volunteers scramble through the hallways doing the final packing

Capital City Transfer removes the last of the chapel furniture

The rooms are bare and empty as the community departs

A procession of cars proceeds down the driveway bringing the community to their new home!

Meanwhile, volunteers help unload the moving trucks while the community is en route

Saint Ambrose students help assemble furniture

Bachmann Construction delivers and installs pews to the Chapter Room

The community is welcomed home!

The nuns are thrilled to see the New Monastery

Finally the nuns take up residence and are seen walking the corridors

Lots of new sights; here Sister Roberta points out the Church (still under construction) to Sister Stephanie

Signs help the community find their way until they become familiar with the new setting

The unpacking begins…

Monsignor Bartylla, Vicar General, arrives to inspect the temporary oratory; He reverently transports the Blessed Sacrament into the oratory

After a prayer service, Monsignor Bartylla blesses every room in the New Monastery

We’re Moving!

Beginning March 4th the community items were transported to the new location. Sisters fill the now empty bakery with boxes and furniture for the movers to pick up. Volunteers assist at the New Monastery, delivering items to the correct room. The monastery is abuzz with workers preparing for the community’s arrival.

Views from February 29:

Bird’s-eye view of the New Monastery looking south-west; the monastery is abuzz with preparations for the community’s relocation next week!

The light-steel groin vault framing in the Guest Nave awaits drywall

Electricians and plumbers assist with the CWW equipment installations; if all goes smoothly, the nuns will be back to altar bread production the week of March 11

All of the light-steel ceiling vault action in the main Chapel is happening above scaffolding that fills the nave

Drywallers, on stilts and on foot, are crafting the arches in the second floor Chapel gallery

Preparations for the Move!

The sisters are becoming experts in stretch film application! The remainder of the bakery will relocate on Monday (Feb 26); the community move will commence the week of March 4th

Volunteers Paul & Karen help with the choir furniture modification in order to fit them into the New Monastery temporary oratory; God willing, the community will be fully moved in on March 8th

February 23: Phase Three Bakery Relocation

The baking aspects of the bakery were relocated last month; now we begin moving the atomizing, cutting, packaging, shipping areas in anticipation of the community move

Accompanied by many prayers, four large machines were loaded up – three cutting machines and (shown above) a packaging machine

Safe delivery to the CWW

Through the intercession of Saint Joseph, the last minute installation of the dock lift made this delivery possible

Views from February 19:

Stonework on the guest entrance to the Chapel just completed

The cornerstone was blessed by Bishop Hying at the site blessing in October 2021

Chapel façade shines in the winter sun

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Their goal was: quaerere Deum. Amid the confusion of the times, in which nothing seemed permanent, they wanted to do the essential – to make an effort to find what was perennially valid and lasting, life itself.  They were searching for God.

–Pope Benedict XVI

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