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Mother Benedict: Foundress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis

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ISBN-13: 978-1586171865
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Antoinette Bosco gives the reader a powerful profile of a pioneering Benedictine nun whose devotion to God and her vocation is evident on every page. The chapters on her escape from the Nazis and her encounters with the men who would become Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI provide fascinating glimpses into her strength of character and her single-minded dedication to serve God at every turn. -- Tim S. Hickey

If you are looking for a good read, a spiritual banquet of delight, look no further. Following in the footsteps of thier foundress, who was played by Loretta Young in the movie, "Come To the Stable," these exquisite women reveal the true meaning of holiness in today's world. A must read for anyone trying to understand how God calls us to loving service, without taking our freedom away. -- Father John Catoir

If you read only one book this year, make it Mother Benedict. More than a biography, Antoinette Bosco has written an inspirational epic-a fascinating look at a true Catholic heroine-Mother Benedict Duss. In this sweeping saga of faith, hardship, and courage, Bosco not only gives readers a portrait of an extraorinary woman and her struggles to found a contemplative order-the first in America-but she also captures the essence of the Abbey of Regina Laudis itself, and the captivating stories of the people, both celebrity and common man, who have passed through it's gates. -- Allia Zobel Nolan

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 423 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586171860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586171865
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,195,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A. Ryan on May 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Its finally here! Just got my copy of the long awaited, highly anticipated story of the amazing Mother Benedict Duss, foundress of that incredible Benedictine monastery in Connecticut, the Abbey of Regina Laudis. Well known as the home of famous, highly accomplished women from various professions in the world before joining Regina Laudis, including scientists, doctors, artists, teachers, and even a Hollywood actress (Dolores Hart), this flourishing, holy abbey was founded by the great Mother Benedict in the early 1950's.

The story is full of high drama as it tells of how she heard the clear call from the Lord at her beloved Jouarre Abbey in France to go to America to start a new abbey just as she saw the American tanks come into her French village to liberate France from the Nazis in WWII, led by Gen. George Patton. The young Bendictine nun had no idea how she would accomplish this overwhelming task, but went with total faith and trust in Providence to fulfill this mysterious call to return to her home country to found the first community of contemplative Benedictine nuns ever in America.

How she was able to accomplish that incredible feat, the daunting challenges she had to overcome, and the story of that amazing Benedictine monastery that now thrives in that lovely corner of Bethlehem(what a name!),CT., is very well told by Antoinette Bosco, a longtime friend of Mother Benedict and the monastery. It is a deeply moving story of faith, courage, trust and love of God and man that will appeal to all modern seekers and believers. No wonder countless people, famous and common folks alike, visit this beautiful spiritual oasis every year.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Monica K. Van Ness on June 27, 2007
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How does she then make the journey to start a new foundation in another country? This is a fascinating look at how a young American woman, and a young convert to Catholicism, ends up doing both of these things. One of the things I found particularly interesting is that Mother Benedict was born in the United States, spent time in the U.S. and in France, entered a convent in France, but then ended up founding a Benediction foundation of contemplative nuns in the United States. In a sense, she came full circle - and she came home. Another interesting tidbit concerned the story behind the movie "Come to the Stable." I had not realized that the movie was loosely based on Mother Benedict and the founding of Regina Laudis.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christopher D. Ringwald on September 5, 2007
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I picked up "Mother Benedict" out of interest and collegial support, and planned to skim through a few sections. But at the first page, the book yanked me into this gripping and thoroughly human story. I plopped down on a sofa and read two chapters--despite dinner on the stove and children making requests. Toni Bosco, a friend and role model, has crowned her career with this book. It testifies to her long hours, days and years with the Benedictines at the Abbey of Regina Laudis. It confirms her willingness to truly enter into the life, vision and pilgrimage of a towering figure. "Mother Benedict" combines the joy of a story with the gratification of spiritual depth and insight.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lucebones on August 10, 2010
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I chose this book, because I had planned to make a small retreat to Regina Laudis, the Abbey that Mother Benedict founded, and I wanted to get a bit of background information before I left. Somehow, I had low expectations of the book, thinking to myself, "How interesting could this be, really? A nun startng an abbey...?" But I was wrong, completely wrong. Antoinette Bosco, the author, did a fabulous job at not only capturing the history of this first Benedictine Foundation in the States for women, but also the wise and pithy sayings of Mother Benedict that gave the reader a clear introduction to her, her perservereance, wisdom and humor. I was taken aback at Mother Benedict's approach to build a contemporary Monastery, completely enclosed, yet totally open to the world, while maintaining deep spiritual practices which have endured the test of time. As is tradition for Benedictines, financially they are own their own and receive no monies from Rome. So the undertaking of such a place was astronical, especially with resistance from her own superiors at points. I felt for her when she underwent trials from Rome for her convictions to stick to the traditional, while welcoming the modern. This book truly showed the blood, sweat and tears that went into the forming of this unique place which continues to draw visitors from all over the world. I will call myself fortunate to be able to visit it one day. Give this one a read. It is fascinating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mama Jo on June 6, 2013
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I first "met' Mother Abbess in Mother Hart's book "The Ear of the Heart". I felt compelled to learn more about this fascinating woman from another's prospective and did. What I found most interesting was her taking a European, medieval model of a Benedictine Abbey bringing it eventually to a Post Vatican II American version without throwing the baby out with the bath water. She kept what was good and beautiful, the Habit, Chant, Benedict's time honored rule but got rid of the sadistic misery and practices that some of the old style regimes encouraged. Also interesting is her friendships with Popes John the XXIII and Paul VI both before and after their elections compared with some of the problems she faced with the Vatican in later reigns.
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