On the Eve of the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, August 5, 2017, Mother Ellen-Teresa Lang professed her first vows as a Canon of the Order of Saint Benedict at Calvary Cathedral in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Her vows were professed in the presence of her community, friends and family. She was clothed in the Benedictine habit by Prior General Warren Shoberg.
The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham was blessed by making the annual pilgrimage to the Proto-Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham at Our Lady of Grace Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Some members of the community have made the pilgrimage in previous years. This year the entire community, our oblate and two friends of the community were able to attend. Other shrines were visited on the way to and from Sheboygan. The pilgrimage is always a wonderful experience and those experiencing for the first time are greatly moved by the beauty of the church, the warmth of hospitality, the conviviality of the luncheon, and the glorious music. Sprinkling with water from the holy well and anointing of the sick is always a feature of the day. The pilgrimage is held near the middle of October when the fall colors are at their maximum splendor.