Large rectangular wooden chest painted green and black. Leather straps keep it closed and are used on both side to strap the chest.


Remains of Our Secular Lives

In our Monastery, we use the attic space to store all types of furnishings. As a warm, dry space, in the past it was used to store grain that we occasionally received as payment for a child’s education.

These pieces here are our chests. They contain our personal effects. A long time ago, upon joining the community we would carry our chests up to the attic. It was a symbolic act that represented the packing away of our secular lives, and our dedication to our new lives and family. Each one represents the life of a nun. The attic full of chests is a testimony to all of the young women who have come into our Monastery dating back to the 17th century.