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Monthly Archives: October 2022

October 2022 E-Newsletter

October 2022
It’s October, and the days are growing crisp and cool. The sunlight is growing shorter. Summer’s vibrant greens are melting into autumn’s brilliant hues. The gold, orange, red, yellow, and even purple leaves dance in the sunlight. We marvel at the beauty of the trees’ foliage. We rarely take time to wonder at the science and lessons behind this transformation in the trees around us. The green color of the leaves in summer comes from chlorophyll, a substance that helps the plants absorb light energy from the sun to make food for the tree. Leaves contain other pigments, but chlorophyll’s green obscures them from our view. With autumn’s shorter hours of sunlight and cooler days, the tree prepares for winter. The tree stops making chlorophyll, and the colors of the other pigments become visible. We see yellow xanthophylls and orange carotenoids. These substances were already present within the leaf, helping the chlorophyll absorb light while protecting the leaf from damage from too much sun. Only now, as the chlorophyll breaks down, do we get to see the hidden beauty of their colors.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Jacqueline Leiter, OSB

October 2022
“Weren’t you thinking of Oblate formation this fall?” It was Sister Jacqueline who quietly reminded me in late summer, 2015, that I had mentioned to her my interest in becoming an Oblate. Formation was starting soon, and I welcomed the gentle push. She and I had become collegial friends, both being teachers in St. Paul Schools, when I came for retreats at the Monastery. I often marveled at her dedication to both her career as a teacher as well as to life as a Benedictine Sister.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: S. Marie Fujan, OSB

October 2022
Sisters' Words of Wisdom: Sister Marie Fujan, OSB Sister Marie was a novice at St. Paul's Priory in 1957. This picture is likely from the early 1960's after she had taken her second vows. Sister Marie Fujan was born five days before Christmas and was named Mary Bell as she was deemed the new Fujan…
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: S. Carol Rennie, OSB

Sisters' Words of Wisdom: Sister Carol Rennie, OSB   Here is a photograph from 1929 of Sister Carol at four years-old. She is holding a beloved cat she had growing up. Sister Carol has always been a lifelong lover of cats! Sister Carol Rennie, OSB is originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota and came from a…
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