Mother Irene had a fierce love for and dedication to our Foundress, Lady Abbess Benedict, caring for her physically and supporting her vision for the Foundation of Regina Laudis. For years she extended hospitality through her care of the Abbey guesthouses and in providing transportation at a time when she was one of very few community members with a driver's license. She was the one most of us met when we arrived for our first retreats before entrance into the monastery.
She was the first New Englander I ever met, and perhaps set the stage for what I still think that rare breed of Americans stands for: stoic, no-nonsense, very private, and independent, yet giving of themselves.
|With Lois Grant (L)|
(Photos and information from Abbey of Regina Laudis)
|Mother Irene at her Consecration|