God's glory appears in Bardstown, Kentucky
We had a glorious weekend in Kentucky. Sister Therese, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, told us that this area is called the Promised Land of Kentucky.
The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani
The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani is a monastery part of the Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Order, also known as, the Trappists. Founded in December, 1848 it was raised to Abbey in 1851. Gethsemani is considered the mother house of all Trappists and Trappistine monasteries in the United States. It is the oldest monastery in the United States still in operation. It was home to Thomas Merton from 1941 until his death in 1968.
Saint Joseph Proto-Cathedral
The cornerstone of Saint Joseph by Bishop Benedict Joseph Flaget in 1816. In 1775, Catholic settlers, mostly of English and Irish descent began emigrating chiefly from Maryland to Kentucky, an outpost of the crown colony of Virginia. The first missionaries came around 1787. In 1808 the four new Catholic diocese created at the request of Bishop Carroll of Baltimore, included Bardstown along with New York and Philadelphia. The new diocese of Bardsowon covered almost the entire Northwest Territory, south to New Orleans and as far north as Detroit.
The Cathedral was consecrated in 1819. When the Episcopal See was moved forty miles away to the fast growing city of Louisville in 1841, Saint Joseph's because a parish church, hence the title "proto-cathedral." In 1995 Bardstown was named a Titular see by the Vatican for ints contributions to the Catholic Church heritage in America.
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were founded in 1812. Mother Catherine Spaulding, along with Bishop John Baptist David, are honored together and remembered as co-founders of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
The New community followed the rule of Saint Vincent de Paul and their dwelling was named Nazareth. They serve in 20 states in the United States, in India, Nepal, Botswana, and Belize.
It was a grand weekend all round. The weather was good and we even toured Makers Mark distillery. There are many on what's know as the Bourbon Trail. But, that is for another day. And you can read much more about these grand places by going to their webpages.
Thanks be to God!!
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