A MIRACLE IN MISSOURI? BODY OF BENEDICTINE SISTERS’ FOUNDRESS THOUGHT TO BE INCORRUPT
Hundreds of pilgrims have descended on a Benedictine monastery for religious sisters in rural Missouri in recent days after news began to spread on social media last week that the recently exhumed remains of the contemplative order’s African American foundress appear to be incorrupt, four years after her death and burial in a simple wooden coffin.
Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, OSB, founded the Benedictine Sisters of Mary, Queen of the Apostles – best known for their chart-topping Gregorian chant and classic Catholic hymn albums – in 1995 at the age of 70, leaving the Oblate Sisters of Providence, her community of over 50 years, to do so.
Known for her devotion to the Traditional Latin Mass and her faithfulness to Benedictine contemplation and the Liturgy of the Hours, she died at age 95 on May 29, 2019, on the vigil of the solemnity of the Ascension.
Roughly four years later, on the solemnity of the Ascension in the Latin rite, the abbess and sisters decided to move her body to a final resting place inside their monastery chapel, a long-standing custom for founders and foundresses.
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POPE TO PRESIDE “NOT ALONE” MEETING ON HUMAN FRATERNITY
The Vatican’s Fratelli tutti Foundation announced today that the International Meeting on Human Fraternity entitled “Not alone” (#notalone), will be held in St. Peter’s Square on June 10 at 4pm as well as simultaneously in eight other squares around the world, in the presence of Pope Francis.
According to the press release, 30 Nobel Prize winners and thousands of youths from across the world will be at this event, organized by the Vatican Foundation Fratelli tutti, in collaboration with St. Peter’s Basilica, the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development and the Dicastery for Communication. Attendees will also include “representatives of ecclesial and lay commitment, families, associations, as well as all those who today are forced to live on the margins of society: from the poorest and homeless to migrants and victims of violence and human trafficking.”
The statement notes that “this initiative, inspired by the Encyclical Fratelli tutti, will involve people from all over the world to promote all together the culture of fraternity and peace and encourage personal commitment in choices and practices of reparation, dialogue, and forgiveness overcoming loneliness and marginalization that deny human dignity.”
The meeting will have two moments, a morning event and an afternoon one, starting at 4 pm that will be open to all, without registration. Admission to the square will begin at 2:00 p.m. Further information on the programme will be available online at: http://www.fondazionefratellitutti.org/notalone .