Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Benedictine Kitchen Service


The summer of kitchen service continues!  The sweet corn has been prepped and frozen, the nun-better noodles are dried and bagged, but there is more to be shared with our sisters.

Chapter 35 in the Rule of Benedict calls upon the sisters to serve each other in all ways...including the kitchen.  "Let the brethren serve one another, and let no one be excused from the kitchen service except by reason of sickness or occupation in some important work.  For this service brings increase of reward and charity.  But let helpers be provided for the weak ones, that they may not be distressed by this work; and indeed let everyone have help, as required by the size of the community or the circumstances of the locality."

Our student-sister from the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters of Busan, Korea treated the community to buchimgae.  There was quite a line of sisters waiting for the tasty veggie pancakes.
Sister Gardener set up in the 'canning' area of our kitchens and began the sauerkraut making by shredding dozens of cabbages.  She prepared a variety of purple and green heads with pickling salts for the hard work to come. 
The volunteer sisters soon began to arrive to help fill the pre-washed, pre-labeled jars with the cabbages freshly cut from our own gardens.  Novice Peggy joined our student sister from Busan and others in this community service.
Sister Erin switched from college work to kitchen help to share the kitchen service with our student sister from the Daughters of Mary in Uganda.  After 21 years in community, she knows how much our sisters LOVE the homemade sauerkraut!

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