Posted by: littletoe | November 26, 2008

A Taste of the Monastic Life

juliana-at-the-sign

Juliana at the sign

My daughter and I went on a retreat this last weekend to the Benedictine Abbey of St. Walburga. It was very cool.  It was a Gregorian Chant retreat where you spent some time learning about chant and some time actually chanting the Divine Office with the nuns.  Saying the office at home will never be the same.   If someone had told me I’d be doing this, voluntarily and enjoying it (!) 3 years ago, I would have laughed out loud in their faces.

The sisters are  located in northern Colorado within spitting distance of the Wyoming border.  It is quite isolated as you might imagine.

Their history is really interesting, too.  St. Walburga was an Anglo-Saxon nun who went to Germany in the 700’s to evangelize them.  There is a St. Walburga Abbey in Eichstaett, Germany and they actually sent some sisters to the United States during World War II to establish a community here so that if it became necessary for them to flee Germany, they’d have a place to go.

A stream on the abbey property

A stream on the abbey property

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View from the driveway

They ended up in Boulder, Colorado.  In the 30’s they were isolated in Boulder.  Not any more!!  As time went by they found themselves sort of in the thick of things with more and more women wanting to join them.   They moved here in 1999.  They are still closely tied to the “mother ship” in Germany.

We had a great time and hope to do something like that again soon!

st-walburga

St. Walburga

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  1. I enjoyed your narrative, Rachel. And it was fun sharing the experience with you. I didn’t even think to take a picture of the entrance! Glad you did.


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