St. Benedict Spring

Cindy RN

Seminole, United States

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This photo was taken at Sacred Heart Mission and Abbey in Konawa Oklahoma.

In the spring of 1876, the monks accepted an offer of land and hospitality offered by the Citizen Band Potawatomi.

The early monks had several sources of water on their beautiful new property and they constructed cisterns and ponds to collect the water for consumption and for use with livestock and crops.

If you look closely at the photo you will see a heart at the bottom and a cross coming out of the top of the cross, designating Sacred Heart. The Name of this spring is “St. Benedict Spring” it was one source of cool, fresh water.

The monks built a springhouse over the spring and a concrete trough in the ground to collect the water. In addition to using the trough to collect water, the monks also grew Water Cress in the trough. Some of this delicious plant continues to grow wild in the water along the forest floor.

The Springhouse is found in a ravine in a wooded area about ½ miles from the monastery site. The springhouse roof has now collapsed over the springhouse and is part of the planned renovation in the future.

I have included some other photos of the spring from different angles and also one from looking down from the dam.

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