Monastery life is contemplative

Kiwanis Club of Tehachapi


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Kiwanis members Kyle Yates and Liz Wolfe. Liz spoke about her interest in the Norbertine Canonesses.

Kiwanis member Liz Wolfe is passionate about her support of the Norbertine Canonesses, which is a women's monastery near Tehachapi. She shared her interest and knowledge with the Kiwanis Club recently. The Norbertine Order, the oldest of monasteries of the Catholic Church, was established in the 11th century. The local Norbertine Canonesses began in 1997 when 476 acres was acquired near Mountain Park. The monastery began with just five sisters, but that number has increased to the present 43 nuns.

The nuns live a life of prayer, contemplation, and work. Upon entering the monastery they surrender all possessions, for everything is held in common. They spend time in classes and study, but work is important too. They grow much of their own food so there are gardens and orchards to tend and animals to care for. They also make jams, honey, cheese, and other items, which are sold in their gift shop.

Liz Wolfe said the Norbertines need a larger chapel and dormitory rooms. She and a group of others are hoping to raise funds for construction. She also promotes fundraisers to help with basic needs of the monastery.

Kiwanis is an organization dedicated to serving children of the world. The club meets every Wednesday noon at the Tehachapi Police Department Community Room, 220 W. C St. Guests and prospective members are always welcome. Call (661) 822-5379 for further information. See


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