Sister Asella Returns to Korea

Mary David Walgenbach, OSB Benedictine Bridge, Hospitality, Monastic Life Leave a Comment

Sister Asella and Sister Mary David.

Sister Asella Kim (l) working with Mary David Walgenbach, OSB, in the sisters' vegetable garden.

In June 2009, Sister Asella Kim, a Missionary Benedictine from Seoul, Korea, came to live with the sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery. She was here on a year’s sabbatical after serving a Korean and American parish in New Jersey for six years. Asella has known us since 1994 when she spent four years here learning English and continuing her education.

Because Sister Asella is a kindred spirit we count her as part of our community. She especially enjoyed walking in the prairie and working in the garden. She even requested a three-month extension of her sabbatical so she could help bring in the produce this summer. Asella spent several hours each day planting, weeding, harvesting or processing the vegetables as they come in. We are grateful for her quiet and supportive Benedictine presence and her work.

We thank Sister Asella, her prioress and community, and we sent our heartfelt blessings with her as she returned to Seoul on September 28.

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