As Benedictines, we are called to honour all people and to consider all objects entrusted to us as 'holy vessels of the altar'.
Our founding sisters employed this principle from the very beginning. By means of their hard work and care they turned the run down house into a monastery. They consciously took in the unique qualities of the place and attempted, as one of the first sisters always says, to bring the old wood and stone 'back to nature'.
In today's market which is so driven by consumerism, sustainability is not always a given. However, it remains a distinction of our monastic life that we commit ourselves to living in this particular place and with this particular community. We are rooted here, we grow here and from here we attempt to open a space in which others can also flourish.
Our way of living together in the house of God, resonates with the message which Pope Francis offered in his most recent encyclical, 'Laudato si'. There he challenges us to honour and protect the dignity of God's creation and to experience ever more deeply that we are connected with and responsible for the earth and for each other. We try to implement this ancient and yet very current call to true creativity in a variety of ways.