“Oh people will come, Reverend Mother. People will most definitely come….”

With major league help from a friend in Kansas City…


“Reverend Mother. People will come, Mother. They’ll come to Gower, Missouri for reasons they can’t even fathom. …

“They’ll turn into your driveway, not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. They’ll arrive at your door, as innocent as children, longing for the past. People will come, Mother. …

“The one constant through all the years Mother, has been The Roman Catholic Church. The world has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But the Church has marked the time….

“This traditional abbey, this apparent miracle with Sister Wilhelmina, is a part of our past, Mother. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again. …

“Oh people will come, Reverend Mother. People will most definitely come….


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  1. TheBackPew says:

    The county has a truck watering the road to keep the dust down for the farmers and young crops along the way. A neighbor across the street has roped off over 20 acres to accommodate parking for the thousands expected over the weekend. So the field of tall corn appropriate for the setting may be a little late this year.

  2. daisyjayhawk says:

    I’m so thankful this area had practice with major traffic increases when we had totality for the eclipse in 2017. This traffic is likely to rival it.

  3. Philmont237 says:

    I’m loving this mashup.

  4. TheBackPew says:

    Friday morning update from the Abbey:
    For all those inquiring about visiting Sr Wilhelmina, please know there are thousands of people coming. If you are willing to wait in line, please bring folding chairs and umbrellas for shade if desired. There may be some food available on the grounds, but it is not guaranteed. You may arrive beginning at 8am through 8pm. We ask that all guests depart immediately after Compline. If you do not want to attend Mass at 11 here, please avoid coming from between 10:30 an 12:30 Friday, Sunday and Monday as there is not much room. Mass on Saturday is at 4pm. Please know that It will be impossible to give communion to everyone, so thank you for your understanding on that. Please note that you will still be able to see Sister’s body and touch relics of her habit and take dirt from her grave after the morning of the 29th, at which point she will be placed in the glass shrine in our church.

  5. Kenneth Wolfe says:

    Outstanding photos.

  6. Legisperitus says:

    Much better and truer as applied to Catholic Tradition than to that fairly recent arrival known as baseball.

  7. Liz says:

    I am so touched by Sr. Wilhelmina. I didn’t know her in the earthly life. I only know her now. We need her so much in our times. It’s so moving that she fought (like hell!) for her habit (which ended up saving her life once when the plastic bleach bottle collar she she fashioned kept a kid’s knife from harming her!) and how much she apparently loved the traditional mass. She must have been so simple and so holy. I spoke with a priest the other day who knew her for many years but didn’t really know of her great holiness. I guess that’s how the really holy ones are. Wow. I also talked to a couple of people who both independently said that she had just seemed like a sweet, elderly sister but what they noticed was how much the other sisters loved her and that was touching to them. I am praying to her especially for my very troubled son, Joey. It’s touching how many of my dear friends are sending me notes that they especially prayed for my Joey when they were there. (We are fortunate to be within about 2 plus hours of Gower.) I cannot describe to you very well how moving it was to pray while touching her left arm with my left hand while my right hand was over my heart. (This was at 8 am on Wednesday and we happened to be the second car there. It was not yet crowded like above at all so we felt free to pray for longer times and actually went in to see her multiple times. I cannot get over the difference now. The sisters are so incredibly generous to let us all come and pray and touch her and tramp all over their place. May God reward them.)

  8. cmfzed says:

    “Major league help” … I see what you did there. ¦-D

  9. 1jacobo5 says:

    Any leads on a private prayer for her intercession? Asking for my daughter’s spinal cord injury and hip contractures to be cured.

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