Mother Benedicta Riepp, the founder of Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn., once saw a large tree covered with beautiful white blossoms. She took the tree as a symbol of her future Benedictine community. Even though she was standing in darkness during a trying time of her life, she trusted that the dream would become real. Mother Benedicta did not see much of that tree during her lifetime, but today, we witness that this dream has come true. Many blossoms of Benedictine communities, including Saint Benedict’s Monastery, have spread throughout the United States.
On July 18, Saint Benedict’s Monastery will celebrate with yet another of the blossoms on Mother Benedicta’s tree, Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery, as six members will make their solemn monastic profession in our Oratory. Their commitment will be received and witnessed by Amma Mary Stamps, founder and leader of the community.
The members of Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery live in various places in the U.S. and number 25 members. They have formed an ecumenical community under the auspices of the United Methodist Church and communicate with each other through phone calls, computers, various electronic media and face-to-face contact during their annual retreat and encounters between those who live close to each other. Over the years, the sisters of Saint Benedict’s Monastery have walked with the Saint Brigid’s community through mentoring, consultation, teaching and hospitality that welcomed them to events such as Liturgy of Hours, dinner and conversation.
We invite you to join us in gratitude, joy and prayer in support and celebration of the Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery, a monastery without walls, as they strengthen their attachment to the tree of Mother Benedicta and sink their roots more deeply into the gospel and the way of St. Benedict.
For more information about Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery: http://www.kildaremonastery.com/.