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" We feel like the music offers a peace for souls, " Mother
Cecilia says. While she's not sure of the profit, she knows
they've sold hundreds of thousands of the musical projects
to help with monastery projects.
" With our music, we feel we're singing beautiful prayers
to God, " says the abbess. " With our sewing of vestments,
we feel we're hemming our priests in prayer. "
While the musical projects brought recognition to their
monastic way of life, Mother Cecilia says they haven't
recorded in a few years. " We didn't realize how popular the
music would be, " the abbess says. While the public is welcome to hear the nuns sing at 11 a.m. Mass, the remainder of the sisters' day is filled with hard work and silence,
keeping their minds focused on God.
Mother Cecilia says when the abbey was being built
years ago, a neighbor saw three white doves sitting at the
spot which eventually became the entrance to the site. The
neighbor later told the abbess " I knew there was something
special going on there. "
The abbey recently completed the addition of a retreat
house for priests who need respite from a weary world.
Mother Cecilia adds they also have plans to build what
they're calling a " daughter house " at the St. Joseph's
Monastery in Ava so they have additional space for those
who've been called into the ministry.
" We may consider recording another CD in the future
to help offset those expenses, " says the abbess, " but until
then, we'll continue offering our songs simply as prayers
unto God. "
To order CDs or listen to sample music clips, visit the
website www.benedictinesofmary.org. The Abbey of Our
Lady of Ephesus is located at 8005 NW 316th St. in Gower.
Morning Mass is held at 11 a.m. and is open to the public. A
small gift shop is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Left: Young parishioners participate in morning Mass from the balcony
of the chapel. Below: The nuns at the Abbey of Our Lady of Ephesus
sing several times daily. The sisters have chosen a life of silence unless
they're singing or it's absolutely necessary when working. Top right:
At 84, Sister Annuntiata is one of the abbey's eldest nuns. Bottom
right: Sister Maria Stella shows Mother Cecilia the latest handiwork
being completed on vestments.

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