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Title: Mother Benedict
Author: Antoinette Bosco
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Date Published: July, 2007
Comments: Foreword by Mother Dolores Hart
Allia Zobel Nolan
If you read only one book this year, make it Mother Benedict. More
than a biography, Antoinette Bosco has written an inspirational epic-a
fascinating look at a true Catholic heroine-Mother Benedict Duss. In
this sweeping saga of faith, hardship, and courage, Bosco not only
gives readers a portrait of an extraorinary woman and her struggles to
found a contemplative order-the first in America-but she also captures
the essence of the Abbey of Regina Laudis itself, and the captivating
stories of the people, both celebrity and common man, who have passed
through it's gates.
Father John Catoir
If you are looking for a good read, a spiritual banquet of delight,
look no further. Following in the footsteps of thier foundress, who
was played by Loretta Young in the movie, "Come To the Stable," these
exquisite women reveal the true meaning of holiness in today's world.
A must read for anyone trying to understand how God calls us to loving
service, without taking our freedom away.
How does she then make the journey to start a new foundation in
another country? This is a fascinating look at how a young American
woman, and a young convert to Catholicism, ends up doing both of these
things. One of the things I found particularly interesting is that
Mother Benedict was born in the United States, spent time in the U.S.
and in France, entered a convent in France, but then ended up founding
a Benediction foundation of contemplative nuns in the United States.
In a sense, she came full circle - and she came home. Another
interesting tidbit concerned the story behind the movie "Come to the
Stable." I had not realized that the movie was loosely based on Mother
Benedict and the founding of Regina Laudis.
It's finally here! Just got my copy of the long awaited, highly
anticipated story of the amazing Mother Benedict Duss, foundress of
that incredible Benedictine monastery in Connecticut, the Abbey of
Regina Laudis. Well known as the home of famous, highly accomplished
women from various professions in the world before joining Regina
Laudis, including scientists, doctors, artists, teachers, and even a
Hollywood actress (Dolores Hart), this flourishing, holy abbey was
founded by the great Mother Benedict in the early 1950's.
The story is full of high drama as it tells of how she heard the clear
call from the Lord at her beloved Jouarre Abbey in France to go to
America to start a new abbey just as she saw the American tanks come
into her French village to liberate France from the Nazis in WWII, led
by Gen. George Patton. The young Bendictine nun had no idea how she
would accomplish this overwhelming task, but went with total faith and
trust in Providence to fulfill this mysterious call to return to her
home country to found the first community of contemplative Benedictine
nuns ever in America.
How she was able to accomplish that incredible feat, the daunting
challenges she had to overcome, and the story of that amazing
Benedictine monastery that now thrives in that lovely corner of
Bethlehem(what a name!),CT., is very well told by Antoinette Bosco, a
longtime friend of Mother Benedict and the monastery. It is a deeply
moving story of faith, courage, trust and love of God and man that
will appeal to all modern seekers and believers. No wonder countless
people, famous and common folks alike, visit this beautiful spiritual
oasis every year. These nuns are the real deal,living the full spirit
of their founder, the great Saint Benedict, chanting the office five
times a day, chanting the Holy Mass, and working hard at their variety
of muti-faceted tasks, including operating a 400 acre farm ("ora et
Their singing of the chant is so beautiful that when an American music
producer heard them singing in their chapel during a visit, he
convinced the nuns to let him record their glorious Gregorian chants,
and the result has been two best-selling CDs from this cloistered
community! (Women in Chant-Vol.I and II.)
Complete with numerous photos that give an added bonus to this moving
volume, this book is a must for all those who love a great, true story
of a heroic, modern woman, as well as being a "spiritual banquet of
delight", as Fr. John Catoir has called it.