Item description for Mother Benedict: Foundress of the Abbey of Regina Laudis by Antoinette Bosco...
Overview This is the inspiring story of Mother Benedict Duss and the famous Benedictine monastery she founded in Bethlehem, Connecticut, the Abbey of Regina Laudis, a large flourishing community of contemplative Benedictine nuns. The Abbey is home to many accomplished women from all walks of life and fields of study. Perhaps the most famous is former Hollywood film star, Dolores Hart, who shocked the film world when she left a successful movie career at the age of 25 to become a contemplative Benedictine. The heart of this book is the amazing story of Mother Benedict Duss, who was born in America but went to France and became a medical doctor in Paris, but left that profession to become a Benedictine contemplative. Through the liberating efforts from Hitler's Nazi regime by Patton's army in France, she felt an overwhelming interior call to return to America to found the first community of contemplative Benedictine nuns. At the young age of 35, with incredible faith, courage and the help of Popes, politicians, famous writers, and many others, she persevered in her call. Lavishly illustrated with photos.
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Antoinette Bosco, prize-winning journalist, is a syndicated columnist for National Catholic News Service and a freelance writer with more than 200 magazine articles, thousands of newspaper stories, and ten books to her credit. Ms. Bosco also served as executive editor of the Litchfield County Times in Connecticut from 1981 to 1995. Two of her books, The Pummeled Heart and Choosing Mercy, have received a publishing trifecta: the Christopher Award, the Catholic Press Award, and the Pax Christi Award. Toni has won numerous Catholic Press Awards for her journalism and is a popular speaker nationwide.
Antoinette Bosco currently resides in Brookfield. Antoinette Bosco was born in 1928.
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Inspiring Life Jul 4, 2008
This is a book many of us have been lookinf for for hoping a long time. Regina Laudis is undoubtedly one of the most inspiring spiritual places in the U.S., and it definitely bears Mother Benedict's imprint. What a fascinating life Mother Benedict led, and the book documents her incredible faith and determination. Mother Benedict is among the last of that generation of spiritual giants, that included Thomas Merton, and Thomas Verner Moore (a key player in the founding of the only U.S. Charterhouse). It is only a shame that the book was not polished more. It takes quite a bit of determination to work your way through it, just to get the story. There are lots of repetitions, broken off threads and typos that could easily have been smoothed out. Also, a bit less obvious partisanship might have helped. All that being said, you will be glad you picked the book up.
Fantastic Read! Jun 23, 2008
I found this book to be a wonderful read. Not only is the Abbey located close to where I live, but the strength and perserverance it took, leaves me in awe of Mother Benedict and the people who started the Abbey.
Story an Incredible Woman's Incredible Journey Feb 8, 2008
This is the story of a bright, psychologically healthy and strong woman who became a medical doctor, a nun and, ultimately, an Abbess. Antoinette Bosco does an excellent job of portraying Mother Benedict in a realistic light, something which appears to be encouraged by Mother Benedict's own honest and unblinking appraisals of herself and her community. Mother Benedict established a new foundation for a religious order in America based on sheer gratitude and a call from God after she and her convent were liberated from the Nazis by the U.S. Army under General Patton. This is the story of her journey from the seed of an idea to full fruition and beyond, and it is a riveting tale of how one person can change the world with faith, guts, determination, love and friends. It is a book you will want to read if you enjoy history, books pertaining to faith/religion and/or biography. Mother Benedict's story is inspirational on many levels, and it is one of those books that make you feel good to live in a world that was inhabited by such a wonderful human being. My only regret in reading this book is that Mother Benedict is no longer alive. She is someone I would have been honored to have known.
What do they do all day? Now you'll know! Oct 9, 2007
I have heard of Regina Laudis and know priests and nuns who are among the friends of those in that monastery. While their view of the Benedictines there and Mother Benedictine Duss in particular was overwhelmingly positive, I'd heard of their "troubles," and wondered what the story was. Well, now I know, and I encourage all who have questions to read this book. You'll not only find out what a wonderful group of women these nuns are, but you'll find an amazing story as full of adventure as many novels. Mother Benedict and the holy women with her are a treasure. And even better, you can add to your enjoyment of this book by listening to their voices on two CDs of Gregorian Chant, also available through this site.com ("Women In Chant" and "Women In Chant: Recordare"). Don't miss this book!!!
Need to correct an error Oct 4, 2007
Truth be told, I haven't read the book yet but I need to correct a statement in one of the "critics" reviews that says she founded the oldest contemplative nuns in America. Not true, that distinction belongs to the Discalced Carmelites who were founded in Port Tobacco, and who are now in Baltimore. That doesn't take anything away from Mother Benedict of course.