The Fruits of Grace
The Ecumenical Experience of the Community of Grandchamp
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Sister Minke's book, the fruit of her long years at Grandchamp, is a moving testimony to the wonderful spirit of forgiveness, reconciliation, and striving for unity that animates this wonderful community of Protestant monastic women. It touched me deeply."
--Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, Loyola Marymount University
"The communities of Taize and Grandchamp have much in common. Born from the same milieu, their leaders drew upon one another as they formed and matured as thoroughly ecumenical communities. This translation of Sr. Minke's account of the growth and development of Grandchamp, offered here by Dr. Nancy Gower, an expert on the formation and growth of Taize, brings new insight into their relationship."
--Cecil M. Robeck Jr., Fuller Theological Seminary
"The account of Sister Minke de Vries provides an important insight into the recovery of monasticism within the churches of the Reformation. Her personal perspective as the third prioress of the Community of Grandchamp gives us an insight into the evolution of the community during a period of intensive renewal and ecumenical encounter. Nancy Gower's well-documented introduction provides a window into the origins of the community in the confluence of movements that also gave rise to the communities of Taize and Pomeyrol. This work is a welcome contribution to the history of monasticism and of ecumenical spirituality."
--Catherine E. Clifford, Saint Paul University, Ottawa