On December 3, 2011 for more than just reasons of curiosity, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity accepted an Open House invitation from the Eastern rite Catholic Monks of Holy Resurrection Monastery, St Nazianz, WI. This was not the first time our Sisters had an opportunity to have a conversation with these holy men of God. Given that our Community had housed the then homeless foundation while they were checking out Maria Haus, formerly St. Mary Convent in St. Nazianz last year, this was a time to welcome friends as our new neighbors.
Common Geographical Ground
Of course, with the monks’ move to St. Nazianz, our Community histories will now hold some common geographical ground. St. Nazianz was home for our foundress, Teresa Gramlich, who became Sister Gabriel and later Mother Gabriel. Today, other of our Sisters and their families continue to call this quaint, faith-filled town home.
Recently interviewed by The Compass, Diocese of Green Bay’s official communication news, Abbot Nicholas, Father Moses, Father Maximos Davies, Father Basil Doty and Brother Mark Davis shared hopes and dreams, as well as their particular foundation’s history. Enjoy the monks own chronicle of their beginning days in a new Wisconsin home on their Holy Resurrection Monastery website. For those desiring your own ‘Eastern rite monastic moment’, plan on joining the monks for some recollection time soon.