Health & Wellness

Spiritual Enrichment – June 2021


Meditations from Mississippi Abbey – Ongoing (VIRTUAL)
In these uncertain times, we are subject to anxiety and stress unrelated to our normal life. The Sisters of Mississippi Abbey are bringing words of comfort and assurance to give you hope in this unusual season. Sign up for emails to be notified of new postings.


Sinsinawa Mound remains closed to the public for an indefinite period of time for all meetings and tours. Retreats, workshops, concerts, and prayer services have been moved to a virtual venue. View a list of upcoming events at or call (608) 748-4411 for more information.

The Summer Organ Concert series is back! It’s the 30th anniversary and it’s virtual. Organists from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Kansas will play the Casavant Opus 2847 in Queen of the Rosary Chapel. Look for your favorite organists to return and welcome new organists to the series. Go online to to view the livestream concerts.

Virtual Summer Organ Concert: David Jonies – Wednesday, Jun. 2 @ 7 PM-8 PM
David Jonies is the director of music and organist at Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, where he plays the three organs by Flentrop and Casavant for archdiocesan and parish liturgies as well as in concert. Described as a “gem” (The American Organist), he has performed in Great Britain, South Korea, France, Czech Republic, Germany, and the United States. A native of Germany, Jonies studied at Metten Abbey, Bavaria, Germany; Hochschule für Musik Würzburg (University of Music), Würzburg, Germany; and the Royal Academy of Music, London, England.

Native American Book Discussion Series: There There: A Novel (Zoom) – Tuesday, Jun. 8 @ 7 PM-8:15 PM
Tommy Orange’s novel brings together 12 people of Native communities traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Their lives intertwine as they explore their personal reasons for connecting with their heritage. Orange writes about the plight of the urban Native American, their history, spirituality, sacrifice, and heroism. Sinsinawa Mound Center’s Ecological Programming Coordinator Eric Anglada will lead the discussion.

Virtual Summer Organ Concert: Stephen Steely – Wednesday, Jun. 9 @ 7 PM-8 PM
Stephen Steely serves as minister of music and organist at First Lutheran Church, Moline, IL, and at St. Pius X Church, Rock Island, IL. He previously was organist at St. John’s Abbey and University, Collegeville, MN, and taught at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN; Marycrest College, Davenport, IA; and Eastfield College, Dallas. Steely’s doctoral work was at the University of Iowa, where he studied organ and improvisation with Gerhard Krapf and Delbert Disselhorst. Steely is the area representative for Allen Organs of Iowa, serving Iowa and western Illinois.

Virtual Summer Organ Concert: Catherine Rodland – Wednesday, Jun. 16 @ 7 PM-8 PM
Catherine Rodland, whose playing has been described as “transcendent” (The American Organist), is artist in residence at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. She graduated in organ performance from St. Olaf and received both the master of music and doctor of musical arts from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Russell Saunders. Her early career success has led to performances throughout the United States and Canada. Rodland teaches organ, music theory, and ear training at St. Olaf, where she regularly performs as a featured soloist.

From Me to We: Intentional Community and Our Great Realization (Zoom) – Tuesday, Jun. 22 @ 6:30 PM-8 PM
There is no better time than now to imagine what we want our lives to look like on the other side of this pandemic. Many are talking about the “great realization” from quarantine: that we need each other, community, and a sense of belonging. Participants will explore ways in which we can embrace this great realization more intentionally. Drawing on his two decades of experience in four different intentional communities—both urban and rural—Eric Anglada will cover a brief history of community in the United States, offering examples of contemporary forms of community, the advantages and disadvantages of intentional communal living, and practical tips on starting or joining an intentional community. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Virtual Summer Organ Concert: Andrew Schaeffer – Wednesday, Jun. 23 @ 7 PM-8 PM
We welcome Andrew Schaeffer of Madison, WI, to his first concert of the series. A Chicago native, he serves as the director of music and organist at Luther Memorial Church, Madison. Schaeffer holds a bachelor of church music degree from St. Olaf College, a master of music degree from Yale University, and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Oklahoma. His dissertation focused on the role of the pipe organ in American Freemasonry during the first half of the twentieth century. Schaeffer also serves as the editor-at-large of The Diapason, one of the oldest and largest American journals devoted to organ, harpsichord, and church music.

Virtual Summer Organ Concert: Andrew Kreigh – Wednesday, Jun. 30 @ 7 PM-8 PM
Andrew Kreigh is playing his first concert of the series. He serves as the director of music and liturgy at Saint Bernard Catholic Church, Madison, WI, his hometown. He holds a bachelor of music in music business from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he also studied piano performance with Dr. Eli Kalman, and a master’s degree in organ performance from the University of Iowa, under the instruction of Gregory Hand. Kreigh served as apprentice to several cathedral music directors throughout the United States and was an active organist for the Diocese of Madison and cathedral parish in Madison as well as the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Milwaukee.

While the Mound is closed to drop-in visitors, Sinsinawa Bakery remains open for online ordering at and Sinsinawa Book & Gift Gallery is available for online purchases at Customers can also place orders by calling (608) 748-4411. Items can be shipped or customers can arrange for curbside pickup between 10 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

Be assured the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa are praying for the needs of the world. Prayer requests can be submitted via email at, by phone at 608-748-4411, or online at

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