First profession: September 22, 1958
At 83, Wrentham’s former abbess from 1986 until 2008, beloved by all, struggles with several diagnoses, and is on hospice care. A Vermont native, she went to Middlebury College, during which time she entered the Catholic Church. She entered Wrentham in the late 1950s and was prioress for many years, before becoming abbess. While abbess, she saw the need for a state-of-the art infirmary, and saw to it that it was built. She also oversaw other construction projects. As abbess she was an active participant in meetings both inside and outside the Cistercian Order. It was, however, her teaching and her example of fidelity to the monastic life, which inspired her sisters, as it still does.
Reflection for the Fifth Monday of Lent
Jesus told her,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world.” (John 11:25-27)
In this life, each person experiences times of trial and woe. Sometimes sickness, anxiety, loneliness, and concern over loved ones can shake you to your core. Mother Agnes’ faithfulness to her monastic vocation and her care of her Sisters resounds with her “yes” to the Lord. In this week’s journey to Easter joy, pray for those whose faith is shaken and for those who pass on our faith.