On any given Tuesday night this July at the Fremont House, you might hear the splash of water from the garden hose over the tomatoes, beans, and rhubarb; or note the quiet work of fingers digging into the soil to release some pesky weeds from around the cabbage. Perhaps the sound of giggling catches your ear as volunteers delight in the petunia and zinnias’ border growth? It’s summer time at the monastery, and life is in full bloom in the gardens at the corner of 16th and Fremont Avenue North.
Heading up this summer’s gardening ministry with great enthusiasm is Sr. Katherine Mullin.
“Here you have the same old flowers, but the bouquet is new simply because I have arranged it differently.” -St. Francis de Sales in Introduction to the Devout Life
Perusing the Visitation Monastery’s facebook page, you’ll find words and images from Sr. Katherine, or “SK2“, as she signs her posts, that highlight her time in this Tuesday- night-summertime ministry with fellow northsiders and Companions.
Sr. Katherine reflects on the service of northside Vis Companions Sonja and Fabio Anifrani, describing their work waking up the shade garden, pruning old branches, and making way for summer growth. Sr. Katherine states:
“[Fabio and Sonja] revived the spirit of the Sisters as they revived these plants after the long winter.”
Stay tuned for more on summer in the city with the Sisters!