Summer on the prairie at Holy Wisdom

 
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weaving prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth into a shared way of life


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July 2015
 
 
sisters walking and talking on the prairie
Summer is a wonderful time to walk on the prairie at Holy Wisdom—for guests and community members alike.
Sister Lynne Smith, Novice Rosy Kandathil and Sisters Joanne Kollasch and
Mary David Walgenbach (left to right) are shown here in a photo by Nick Wilkes.

Developing a new website—behind the scenes
by Ann Moyer, co-editor

Our website will soon take on a new face—figuratively and literally. We are working with web designer and photographer, Nick WIlkes, to bring a fresh, new look to our website, along with easier navigation and a mobile-friendly design. The photo above is one of many taken during a day-long photoshoot aimed at acquiring new photos for the website. 
 
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The sisters, Rosy and Nick had quite a day together—complete with several wardrobe changes and photo locations. The pictures shown here are just a small taste. Watch for the unveiling date for our new website, complete with lots of great, new pictures, hopefully coming in August! 

 
Nick Wllkes (top photo) puts himself into his work while the sisters and Rosy chat in the monastery garden. Some locations, like this photo-op on a log on the edge of the woods (right), were creative and fun. Rosy offers her take on the day (far right), and perhaps speaks for all saying, "Is it over yet?"
 
Sisters & Sojourners 
Sharing rich experiences in Chicago
by Lynne Smith, co-director of formation

“Are you going to share with us what you learned in Chicago?” 

I've been hearing this often since returning from attending the 
Institute of Religious Formation at Catholic Theological Union in ChicagoIt's hard to sum up nine months of learnings! Much of what I learned I’ll be using and sharing as I go about my work at the monastery.
 

CTU Institute for Religious Formation Class 2014-15
Participants in the Institute came from Indonesia, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Ireland, Brazil, and the US. (Lynne's entire class is pictured above.) 

 
relaxing at CTU
Personal sharing was an important element of our time together. During our community nights we delighted in sharing international food, songs and dance, and days off sometimes found us touring Chicago, as pictured here.

(Lynne is pictured in the center of picture, lower right. All others pictured are members of her class.)


Read Lynne's reflections on her experience online: Rich experiences in Chicago
 
 

Sunday Assembly
Focus on social justice issues
by Car McGinley, co-editor

 
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In addition to sponsoring speakers
on Sundays, members of the social
justice group take part in outreach
activities, like serving meals at
Luke House in Madison. 
(photo by Sandy Wojtal-Weber)




 
The Sunday Assembly social justice group invites you to join them for monthly speakers featuring social justice issues. The group meets after Sunday worship in the monastery board room from 10:30-11:30 am and all are welcome. Contact Dennis Collier at dennis.collier@hotmail.com  or 608-516-1656 for more information. The schedule for the rest of 2015 follows:

• August 2   
Speaker: Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy. 

• September 6   
Speaker: Laura Green of the Catholic Multicultural Center on the Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens. 

• October 4   
Speaker: Healthy workplace advocate and Sunday Assembly member Monica Walker on workplace bullying.  

• November 1   
Speaker: to be determined.  
 
• December 6        
Planning session for 2016. 
 

 




 
 
 
 
Oblates
Beginning again
by Collette Jones, oblate class of 2015
 
 Collette Jones by Kathleen Wessels 2 
Collette Jones became an oblate in April, 2015, photo by Kathleen Wessels
 
My year long period of formal oblate formation ended in April of this year. Our class shared our personal rules with each other and the sisters. We made our vows of commitment as an oblate during the beautiful and meaningful service at Holy Wisdom Monastery.

Now what?  

Now comes that inevitable shift in energy and focus after a significant and long anticipated event, a shift that leaves us feeling a bit disoriented and adrift. After something like a graduation or a holiday or maybe that first all-clear PET scan, the unsettling question nibbles away at our joy or equanimity:  Now what?  

Read more at: Beginning again
 
 

Guests & Retreatants
Retreat in a peaceful hermitagehermitages
by Jill Carlson, director of guest services


When you stay in a hermitage at Holy Wisdom, you are away from others, in a peaceful, wooded area, and able to spend time alone to do whatever you would like to do. Reading, napping, meditating, writing in your journal, working on a craft project or nothing at all. 

We have two hermitages, called Elizabeth hermitage and Mary hermitage (pictured here). Staying in one of the hermitages, which are located on the edge of a small woods, northeast of the monastery building, affords guests a quiet setting to meditate or simply rest and relax. 
 
hermitage interior
 
hermitage exterior
 

Read more at: Retreat in a peaceful hermitage
 
Nancy Schlimgen, naturalist and teacher
by John A. Van Dinter, Friends of Wisdom Prairie council member
 
Nancy Schlimgen with Interns by Lori Weingarten
Nancy Schlimgen (left), former staff naturalist at Holy Wisdom, working with student interns.
photo by Lori Weingarten
 
Holy Wisdom Monastery is committed to maintaining our native prairie and savannas and we’ve been aided by a special person who has a tremendous background and knowledge in local native species and habitats. Nancy Schlimgen, a longtime resident of Westport, has helped the state of Wisconsin, Dane County, Westport Township, Holy Wisdom Monastery and many others restore and rebuild our natural habitats.

Nancy Schlimgen will be the person who leads us on a walking exploration of a remnant of the Empire Prairie
on August 8, 2015, where we will view one of the last surviving populations of prairie bush clover in the United States.

Read more at:  Naturalist and teacher
 

New on our website
Follow the links to see what's new on our website.


Upcoming events just posted on the website: 
Seeing With the Eye of the Heart: Introductory Wisdom School Part B
October 28-31, 2015
 
Homilies:
Sister Lynne Smith’s homily from June 21, 2015
 
Library: 
New books in the library, July 2015


 

Calendar
 

Sunday Worship, 9:00 am
Monastery Assembly Room

Daily Prayer
Monastery Oratory
Morning Prayer, Sunday-Saturday, 8:00 am
Midday Prayer, Monday-Friday, 11:45 am
Evening Prayer, Sunday-Saturday, 4:30 pm

 

Follow the links below to register for upcoming events at Holy Wisdom Monastery

July 15
Eco-friendly Monastery Building Tour, 1:00-2:30 pm
Learn about geothermal heating and cooling, renewable resources, daylighting, photo voltaic cells, rain gardens, pervious concrete, green roofs, solar tubes and much more! No registration necessary, just show up. $5/person donation requested.
 
July 18                         
Friends of Wisdom Prairie Tour, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
A bumble bee survey of Holy Wisdom Monastery with Susan Carpenter and Greg Armstrong. We will note which plants attract bees in mid-summer and how to document bees with photography. 
No registration necessary, just show up.
 
July 19
Eco-friendly Monastery Building Tour, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Learn about geothermal heating and cooling, renewable resources, daylighting, photo voltaic cells, rain gardens, pervious concrete, green roofs, solar tubes and much more! No registration necessary, just show up. $5/person donation requested.
 
July 21                         
Friends of Wisdom Prairie Dinner Lecture
Ecology of the Driftless Area
The southwestern quarter of Wisconsin was not covered with a glacier 10,000 years ago, and as a result its topography and associated flora and fauna are different from the other three-fourths of the state. Conservation biologist Darcy Kind shares her knowledge of this area with us. Registration closed.
 
July 22                         
Wisdom Prairie Workday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Volunteer with the Friends of Wisdom Prairie and help improve the ecological health of the land. Snacks provided. Register by July 19, 2015.
 
July 26                         
Sunday Assembly Hospitality and Carpool Sunday
Bring a food item to share, greet and meet others after worship. Share a ride to worship.
 
August 1                      
Wisdom Prairie Workday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Volunteer with the Friends of Wisdom Prairie and help improve the ecological health of the land. Snacks provided. Register by July 29, 2015.
 
August 2                      
Social Justice Group, 10:30-11:30 am
Speaker: Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy. Contact: Dennis Collier at dennis.collier@hotmail.com or 608-516-1656.
 
August 8                      
Friends of Wisdom Prairie Outing, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Westport Drumlin with naturalist Nancy Schlimgen
Come along for a visit to a prairie remnant right in our back yard. The Westport Drumlin Prairie is a part of the once vast Empire Prairie that covered northern Dane and southern Columbia counties. It sits atop an elongated hill left by the glacier, called a drumlin. Register by August 4, 2015.
 
August 12                    
Eco-friendly Monastery Building Tour, 10:00-11:30 am
Learn about geothermal heating and cooling, renewable resources, daylighting, photo voltaic
cells, rain gardens, pervious concrete, green roofs, solar tubes and much more!
 
August 19                    
Wisdom Prairie Workday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Volunteer with the Friends of Wisdom Prairie and help improve the ecological health of the land. Snacks provided. Register by August 16, 2015.
 
August 28-29                
Wild Rowing Into God
with Sister Gail Worcelo and Sister Gabe Uhlein
Join us for this exciting and interactive retreat in which we will explore the spirituality and practice of conscious evolution. Teilhard de Chardin predicted that a new kind of human would emerge on earth, one attracted to the future and in touch with the impulse to reach out. Is this you? Is there a flame of urgency in your heart? Are you yearning to join in the great collective work of unleashing our hidden potential as a species? Register by August 1, 2015.
 
August 30                    
Sunday Assembly Hospitality and Carpool Sunday
Bring a food item to share, greet and meet others after worship. Share a ride to worship.
 
Visit our calendar for upcoming events.
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Holy Wisdom Monastery
4200 County Road M, Middleton, WI 53562 
Phone: 608-836-1631
Website: www.benedictinewomen.org 
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