July phenology

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By Sylvia Marek Phenology is a science focused on observing and recording biological events from year to year and their relationships to the change of seasons and climate. These are the “normal” phenology events we expect to see here and in the Madison area this month. We would love to hear about what you are seeing on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Please comment on this post with what you are observing, where at Holy Wisdom and the date you observed the event. July Phenology The following July events are from observations I have recorded over the years: Usually …

A legacy of land conservation

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As the sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery celebrated the summer solstice on June 21, 2022 with the many communities that call the monastery home, Mike Carlson, executive director of Gathering Waters, presented the sisters’ community, Benedictine Women of Madison, with a Land Conservation Leadership Award. The sisters received the 2022 Land Legacy Award for their conservation efforts spanning nearly 70 years. “The Benedictine Women of Madison have created a thriving natural area that is a haven for native plants and animals, and a special place that visitors can experience and enjoy. Gathering Waters is grateful to the sisters for their …

New books in the library—July 2022

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! July 2022 Even more summer!  Concerts, parades, picnics, and an opportunity to walk the trails at Holy Wisdom.  Enjoy the sounds of nature but stay on the trails and remember ticks like summer too.    The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Benders, Alison.  Recollecting America’s original sin.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2022 Bracken, Joseph.  Reciprocal causality in an event-filled world.  Lanham, MD; Fortress Academic, 2022 De Waal, Esther.  The White stone.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021 Kohlhaas, Jacob.  Human families.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021 Lohfink, Gerhard.  The …

Winton Boyd’s Homily from June 12, 2022

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Trinity Sunday  June 12, 2022 Winton Boyd  Holy Wisdom Monastery Sunday Assembly  I am grateful for the chance to offer a homily today.  For all of my 23 years in Madison I have been encouraged and inspired by the ministry of Holy Wisdom.   Through retreats, events, projects and hospitality of quiet and beautiful space, this place, you sisters and the mission of this community of communities has been deeply encouraging. It is a bit unnerving to have this theme of the Holy Trinity and this text on Lady Wisdom from Proverbs on my first Sunday.   Maybe not as …

Rex Piercy’s Homily from June 5, 2022

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A Homily for the Day of Pentecost – Sunday, June 5, 2022 – Preached at Sunday Assembly of Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI Text – Acts 2:1-21 and by proxy Genesis 11:1-9 So let me tell you a story. In some ways it’s sort of “the elephant in the room” story for today. We didn’t actually “hear” it today because in the season after Easter a reading from the book of Acts “bumps” a Hebrew Scripture passage as the first reading for each Sunday. But it really should be heard. It’s that important. Now I must confess that this story …

New books in the library—June 2022

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! June 2022 Summer!  Beaches, parties, road trips, and an opportunity to walk the trails at Holy Wisdom.  Enjoy the sounds of nature, but do wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunscreen.    The monastery library added the following books to its collection: Allen-McLaurin, Lisa.  A Womanist theology of worship.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books:, 2021. Casey, Michael.  The Promise of deliverance.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021 Coloe, Mary.  John 1-10.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2021. Forest, Jim.  Eyes of compassion.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2021. Haught, John.  The Cosmic vision of Teilhard de Chardin.  …

June phenology

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By Sylvia Marek Phenology is a science focused on observing and recording biological events from year to year and their relationships to the change of seasons and climate. These are the “normal” phenology events we expect to see here and in the Madison area this month. We would love to hear about what you are seeing on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Please comment on this post with what you are observing, where at Holy Wisdom and the date you observed the event. I have kept monthly phenology records for many years and the following are from my June …

Luke House Community Meal Program – feeding people in Dane County

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For more than 30 years, the Luke House Community Meal Program has brought Dane County church groups and other faith-based communities together to help feed local people who are in need.  Faith is what motivates the volunteers who prepare and serve food, and then eat with guests. The Community Meal Program is an important and practical way of being united together as one with other faith organizations. On the second Tuesday of each month, members of Holy Wisdom Monastery participate in preparing, serving and sharing a meal at Luke House. For more information on volunteering sign-up and COVID safety precautions, …

 Patricia La Cross’s Homily from May 15, 2022

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It is a special joy and privilege for me when the scriptures I’m assigned were inspired by encounters with the Holy Spirit. Soon after Easter I eagerly await the gift and power of Pentecost. I need to be reminded that wherever truth and love break through, freedom and healing become a possibility. No matter how things seem.  I wish for each of you present today – seated here or streamed- a full share of joy in savoring this good news. Joy is never inappropriate. We must admit that Peter’s vision is a vivid one: a lowered sheet reveals a menagerie …

Dear Holy Wisdom Community,

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By Mary Chiang, guest of the sisters I will be leaving June 1, on a plane back to NYC. I need a good head start to say my farewells and want to say thank you for your warm hospitality and resilience to the faith, hope and love of our Lord. I have learned so much here. One lesson is how a binary point of view harms and limits understanding, compassion, and divides people. The life and practice of Benedictine values is a real discipline and I admire every person who devotes themselves to not giving up. It’s so easy to …