In their latest newletter, “At Ephesus,” the Benedictine Priory of Mary, Queen of the Apostles in Gower, Missouri, dedicated the entire issue to one of their members, Sister Wilhelmina, who is celebrating her 70th anniversary in vows (fifth from left, bottom row).Born materially poor in a segregated world, Sister’s greatest wealth was the Roman Catholic faith that had come down to her from her mother’s side of the family. Young Mary Elizabeth Lancaster knew from an early age that she wanted to become a nun. After high school she entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Baltimore and after novitiate became a teacher and later the archivist for this active religious community. In May 1995 Sister came to realize that the Lord was calling her to a deeper union with Him as a contemplative religious. So she left the Oblate Sisters to become part of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, a new community affiliated with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. She became to first prioress of this emerging community whose special charism is “to pray for priests, all priests everywhere, especially those who are hunted, hated and persecuted just like Our Lord was.” In 2007 the community moved from Pennsylvania to Missouri to be part of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Since their arrival they have flourished with young vocations and have established a beautiful monastery in Gower. The Benedictines of Mary have been blessed in so many ways as they strive to live out their contemplative vocation. They attribute many of these blessings to the beautiful life and religious witness of Sister Wilhemina, whose faithful commitment to her Beloved Spouse and tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary has inspired so many. To view the special issue of “At Ephesus” dedicated to Sister Wilhemina visit here.