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 Post subject: Get thee to a nunnery!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:29 pm 
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This weekend we visited a nearby monastery, and the way monks live really appeals to me: living in harmony with the land and devoting time to prayer and meditation. I'm female and married, so it really doesn't matter, but I'm curious: Are there any orders of nuns that live this way, or do they all just spend their time denouncing the Church in the media?

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There are plenty of good orders out there, but they do nothing to grab the headlines. I had the good fortune to visit two of them in Birmingham and Hanceville, AL, over spring break.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
There are plenty of good orders out there, but they do nothing to grab the headlines. I had the good fortune to visit two of them in Birmingham and Hanceville, AL, over spring break.


Yes, but do they farm the land? Now that's what I'm talkin 'bout!

I've been to the Hanceville convent, but I didn't notice anything like what you'd see at a monastery.

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There are plenty of good orders out there, but they do nothing to grab the headlines. I had the good fortune to visit two of them in Birmingham and Hanceville, AL, over spring break.


Did you get to see Mother Angelica? BTW, I read somewhere that today's her birthday.


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I've been to the Hanceville convent, but I didn't notice anything like what you'd see at a monastery.


Dunno. Women aren't as into manual labor as men are, by and large. They do have a lot of land, but I don't know what portion of it is inside the enclosure.

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There's the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Still River, MA. The Sisters used to have a farm where they sold vegetables and eggs.

I would imagine that Benedictine or Cistercian nuns would engage in some manual work to support themselves.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Dunno. Women aren't as into manual labor as men are, by and large. They do have a lot of land, but I don't know what portion of it is inside the enclosure.


Yeah, tis sad but true, chicks don't do manual labor much. I kind of figured this would be a dead end.

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There's the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Still River, MA. The Sisters used to have a farm where they sold vegetables and eggs.

I would imagine that Benedictine or Cistercian nuns would engage in some manual work to support themselves.


Well then, when I am an old widow, maybe they're take me. ::):

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Geoff, those pictures are great! Mother sure has a nice smile.


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Geoff, did anyone ever tell you that you look like Don Tollefson?

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 Post subject: Re: Get thee to a nunnery!
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persephone wrote:
This weekend we visited a nearby monastery, and the way monks live really appeals to me: living in harmony with the land and devoting time to prayer and meditation. I'm female and married, so it really doesn't matter, but I'm curious: Are there any orders of nuns that live this way, or do they all just spend their time denouncing the Church in the media?


I don't want to hijack the thread, but there's a group of Capuchin sisters not far from where I live. It's the order my daughter is looking at when it comes time for her discernment.

http://www.penitents.org/capuchinsisters.html

BTW: The sister all the way on the right is Sister Kelly. She was playing basketball with the kids on their last retreat.

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http://www.abbeyofreginalaudis.com

This is a convent of Benedictines here in CT.

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If you joined the Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage, your entire family could live a monastic life.

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The Brothers & Sisters of Charity is a Catholic based community made up of an integrated monastic expression of celibate brothers, celibate sisters, families and singles located at Little Portion Hermitage in Berryville, Arkansas, and a domestic expression of those world-wide in their own homes. This unique religious community is the only community of its type in the United States to be granted canonical status in the Catholic Church.


http://www.littleportion.org/

Berryville is near Eureka Springs, AR and Branson, MO.

They sponsor retreats:

http://www.littleportion.org/Retreat_Ce ... edule.html

Composer/musician John Michael Talbot founded this community.


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Allegro,

Thanks for that link. It completely slipped my mind about the Little Portion Hermitage, considering I really enjoy all John Michael Talbot's cd's.

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Hello all,

One girl I know is desperately trying to enter a Benedictine monastery in Ireland, and she says they have even cows there :-) The girl herself has studied animal nutrition, so what better place to live for her.

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Can someone refresh my memory? I recall hearing about several orders where the monks are woodworkers and craftsmen, and build really nice furniture.


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This is a bit of an aside (though not by much -- it's related to the heading of this thread). My understanding (I think I read it somewhere) is that the phrase:"Get thee to a nunnery," uttered by Hamlet in anger towards his lady-friend, Ophelia, was intended to get an ironic snort of laughter from Shakespeare's Elizabethan audiences. It's a double-entendre.

Apparently, the "nunnery" referred to was a noted house of ill-repute just down the street from either the Globe or Swan theatres in South London, and not a convent. How this brothel received the appelation, regardless of scholarly speculation 500 years after the fact, is a mystery. (And how scholars came to the understanding that the word was linked to a house of red lights is, for me, an even greater mystery).


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 Post subject: How does Don Tollefson fit in here???
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Geoff, did anyone ever tell you that you look like Don Tollefson?

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He was a local sports announcer here for years until he left because of an illness and supposedly to help youth. Then he appeared on a FOX morning show. Don't know what he does now. Maybe you can tell me. I am a GMA fan so I don't switch stations in the am for news. I remember when he was a news reporter in a scruffy old corduroy sport coat and even appeared on the local news desk wearing it. I said "he is so good but he definitely needs more money and wardrobe help!"
Sorry just skipping down memory lane.
If you are from Philly you know about Don Tollefson and Jim O'Brien and Larry Kane and Steve Levy and Joe Pellegrini.............. :wink:

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