Its 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 labora").
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.