Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles get a new home

I have written before about the wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a traditional monastic community, in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, where Bp. Robert Finn is the ordinary.

The sister have recorded some nice music.

The sisters have moved to their new digs!

I saw their building site last year… they are out in the middle of nowhere, which is good for them, I am sure.

They have pictures of their move here and here.  Biretta tip to Kansas Catholic.

They are getting ready for the Blessed Sacrament as they prepare their new chapel.

What a great time for the sister!  It is easy to be excited for them.

Brick by brick!

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  1. albinus1 says:

    The caption says that the altar came from Cleveland. I grew up in the Cleveland diocese, though I no longer live there. That’s one of the dioceses where lots of older parishes have been closed in recent years. Any idea of the identity of the church from which the sisters’ new altar came? Just wondering.

  2. jeffreyquick says:

    I was going to comment on Bp. Lennon’s gift too. Stylistically, it looks like something from St. Casimir, but I was only there once, and I remember a huge Baroque setup.

  3. andycoan says:

    That’s great news! And if anyone has not bought their CDs yet, go get them now! They are sublime.

  4. benedetta says:

    I have enjoyed their cd, Christmas in Ephesus, for a few years now. Thanks for the reminder to order another!

  5. Liz says:

    I love how they transform a rather that plain room into a beautiful chapel!

  6. beez says:

    I was fortunate enough to visit them this summer past. My friend celebrated his first EF mass and I server as his acolyte (a first for me too!) The nuns are the nicest (and happiest) women I have met in recent years.

  7. Cazienza Puellae says:

    Hurray for work habits!

  8. jeffreyquick says:

    I asked a better-travelled friend this AM, and based on the description, he thought it probably came from St. Procop, though St. Wendelin was a distant possibility.

  9. It is inspiring to see how much can be done with such a small and simple space. I wish more parishes would take cues from this. The telling part is the caption: “it needed a little work to be worthy of the sacred liturgy.”

  10. Supertradmum says:

    I met several of these sisters last year. How happy and peaceful they were. It is a very young community and they are getting vocations consistently. Why do not the other orders see that young women want the regular Monastic Diurnal, the habit, the Latin Mass? The nuns at Clyde, just a “few” Midwest miles up the road are a dying order-out of traditional habit with some quirky translations of daily prayer and commitment to the environment. Can’t these older establishments connect the dots and see where the Holy Spirit is leading this younger generation? God bless the Sisters at Ephesus.

  11. Young Canadian RC Male says:

    ahhhhh. This Chapel is stunningly beautiful. And an altar rail!!!! Brick by Brick, the TLM is coming back ….

  12. marthawrites says:

    These photos of the Benedictine nuns put me in mind of one of my favorite novels, In This House of Brede, by Rumer Godden. It tops my list of books read more than once. Time to do so again?

  13. frjim4321 says:

    Don’t know if it is from St. Casimir, if so it would have had to have been a side altar.

    From this picture, I would say, no, it would not be from St. Casimir:

    Also, I don’t know if St. Casimir has been reduced to secular use yet . . . it is closed but that one may still be pending in Rome.

  14. Caroline says:

    The altar rail is so beautiful … hand crafted no less. The sisters sent me their CD during Advent. I loved it and planned to keep it my car as a spiritual tranquilizer for when I’m sitting in traffic. But my mom heard it … so she got it in her Christmas stocking.

  15. frjim4321 says:

    It came from one of the closed churches in Lorain.

  16. TrueLiturgy says:

    Fr. Z,
    I was actually there at the Priory the same day that you posted this! We got a tour and it is a beautiful place. The building that they are living in currecntly is the guest house. So they have just a little bit more construction to do. They make money by creating traditional vestments and they are quite exquisite. Bp. Finn commissioned them to create a stole for Card. Burke two years before he actually got elevated. It was beautiful! They are wonderful! There is currently 21 in all, including 7 novices and 2 postulants.


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