Helping the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles

From a faithful reader HE:

Given your late interest in the KC Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles — you might be interested to know that they made the purple chasuble Fr. Orr is wearing in these pictures.

This is principally how they make their living. Their vestments are not the cheapest, but show the best workmanship available in the U.S. (so far as I know). Nor are they fast, but this is good, because with each stitch the nun working on your order sends up a prayer for the priest who will wear it in the service of the sacred liturgy.


I am glad for that news.  Here are a couple photos of the vestment in question.

Let us not forget that the sisters are dedicated to praying for priests.

And remember their music CD and help the sisters.

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  1. Romulus says:

    I always like to see a cross on the back of a chasuble.

  2. Rachel says:

    I just got their music CD and it is seriously good.
    It’s about half Latin and half English. There are original songs on it by one of their sisters, which I didn’t expect to like, but those turned out to be my favorites. The words are… intelligent, not just saccharine. I think they have good taste. :)

  3. Fr. BJ says:

    They do make very beautiful and high quality vestments. I am happy with what I have purchased from them in that regard. However, I was not at all pleased with the quality of the surplice I got from them. I wrote to Mother Therese and told her of some of my concerns. Hopefully the quality on those will improve, but I would say, if you plan to buy tailored items from them (once they open up sales again), stick with Mass linens (they do a great job) and vestments (chasubles, stoles, etc. – great work).

    Their stole prices are very good, I think, for what you get. Their chasuble prices are high,but when you consider that everything is made from natural fibers and everything of the highest quality, and who it is made by — and the fact that they are praying for you — I think it is worth it. This stuff, if taken good care of, will last for a very long time.

  4. Alice Albwright says:

    Making vestments such as chasubles and making albs, cassocks, surplices, etc. are quite different crafts. So, in the U.S. at least, one should not expect a single source for all these. For instance, I have found Renzetti-Magnarelli Clergy Apparel (Philadelphia) to be an excellent source for cassocks. For custom-made albs and surplices, the linen and lace ordinarily are ordered separately, as were those for the alb worn by Fr. John Arthur Orr in the pictures above (or in others at

  5. Alice Albwright: Nice alb! Good work!

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