3.05.2006

Sequoiadendron giganteum

From a Heritage Tree sign in front of the Benedictine Sisters Monastery: “The Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel were established in Oregon in 1882 by a small group of Sisters from Switzerland. In 1887 construction was started on the Monastery. This giant sequoia was planted in 1893 by Sister Protasia Schindler, one of the first American women to enter the religious community. She found the seedling beside the railroad tracks and planted it very close to the Monastery not knowing what type of tree it was and how large it could grow.”

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Sometimes we are like Sister Protasia, planting seeds not knowing how, how much or if they will grow. Other times we're more like that little seedling, planted and cared for by our creator God we grow in ways we could never imagine.

3 comments:

Washington State gal said...

hi Susan, I'm Sister Protasia Schindler's great-niece!

Enjoyed your article about the tree! :)

Susan Rose, CSJP said...

that's wonderful! thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

hi, how did you find the article about Sister Mary Protasia and the tree? Would like to correspond. Doing family research. What is your email? thank you!