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.
Antoinette Bosco has done it again! In this book she uses her outstanding talents to tell the remarkable story of Mother Benedict, Sorbonne educated medical doctor who founded the Abbey Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT. However, this isn't just "another autobiography", it is a terrific reporter's look at a special community of nuns who are contemporary but true to the centuries old Rule of St. Benedict in their vocation. And we find some great vocation stories along the way - the once Hollywood star turned coffin maker or the former state legislator. Mother Benedict is filled with faith, hope and love!
—Dennis W. Heaney, President The Christophers
—Father John Catoir
In Mother Benedict, Antoinette Bosco gives the reader a powerful profile of a pioneering Benedictine nun whose devotion to God and to 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. Mother Benedict spans the arc of the Church's life from the early 20th century, through World War II, and into the post-Vatican II years to today.
—Tim S.Hickey, Editor-Columbia Magazine/Knights of Columbus
—Ronda Chervin, Ph.D. professor of philosophy, Catholic writer and speaker. p>Antoinette Bosco has told me many times of her visits to Regina Laudis -- of the friendships and inspiring atmosphere she found there. This book surely was a labor of love! She writes, 'At Regina Laudis I have experienced a joy not often found in this world.' This biography of the abbey's foundress naturally becomes a history of the abbey itself. Of course, key issues in contemporary religious life are not avoided. Readers particularly will enjoy the compelling story of Mother Duss' life as a young nun in occupied France and of the major figures of modern church history she encountered as the road to America unfolded for her.
—David Gibson, editor of Origins, CNS Documentary Service
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 extraordinary 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, author of The Worrywart's Prayer Book , Senior Editor Religious Book, Reader's Digest.
Always pointing to Christ she said of Him and of those called to be His spouses, that this way of life is to embrace the cross, that this way of life is a contradiction to the world.
From my experience with Lady Abbess and the Nuns who have been drawn to the Abbey she founded in the United States of America, I can enthusiastically endorse this gripping account as related by Antoinette Bosco.
—Rev. Douglas Mosey, President-Rector, Holy Apostles College and Seminary.