Stars and Dreams


By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

The word Epiphany comes from the Greek epiphainein, ‘to reveal.’ We use it – and its cousin, Theophany – on Sunday to describe the showing of the Messiah to the Gentiles.

It’s an important celebration, as God came not just to the Jewish community but to the whole world. Continue Reading

Christmas in a Benedictine Monastery


By Sister Mary Core, OSB

First published several years ago, this story tells why we wait so long to decorate for Christmas … and what we do once it arrives!

Seventeen poinsettias, 7 trees, 6 candles and a nativity scene – minus Baby Jesus – have been carted into the chapel.

After the final Sunday of Advent (and weeks after many other folks!), the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery are decorating for Christmas. Continue Reading