We were looking for a new chalice for the Monastery. It was suggested that we check the archives. Indeed, a beautiful chalice was found. There was a note in the old carrying case written by a former archivist. It said that this chalice was made in 1896, the year of the golden wedding anniversary of P. J. (Peter Joseph) and A. M. (Anna Margaret) Kerst, the parents of Mother Scholastica who was the foundress of our Community. We do not know whether the Kersts themselves had it made and then gave it to the Community, or whether Mother Scholastica and her blood sister, Sister Alexia had it made in their parent’s honor.
The chalice was recently refurbished and the hand inscription at the base of the chalice reads: “P.J. and A.M. Kerst, 1846-1896.” This chalice is very old and very memorable to the Community. It will be used for the first time in many years next Sunday, May 9, Mother’s Day. The photo included next to the chalice is of Mr. And Mrs. Kerst, and who knows…the picture could have been taken for their 50th wedding anniversary.