In 1957, at the request of the bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Madison, six Cistercian sisters from Switzerland founded a new house of contemplative prayer in Wisconsin. The buildings in which the foundresses originally lived were a pioneer’s house onto which the former governor of Wisconsin had built his summer mansion. As the community grew, we added two more wings, but the buildings were never meant to be a permanent monastery, and they are increasingly unsafe and unhealthy.

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