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May 18, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Resting Place

Sisters Cemetery

Sisters' Cemetery

From a sign at the Sisters’ Cemetery at Sinsinawa Mounds, the Mother house for the Sinsinawa Dominicans:

Sinsinawa Mounds is the beginning, the middle, and the end of the sisters’ story. This is their home. They profess their vows here and then embark on missions to create better choices and tomorrows for many people. Periodically they come home for reflection, renewal, and reconnection. After most of their work is done, they return home to spend restful, yet joyful, days in prayer, study, and contemplation.

Most of the Sinsinawa Dominican sisters are buried here. The Mound is their everlasting resting place and the gateway to their everlasting home with God.

I was impressed by the quiet, the solemnity, and the beauty of these surroundings tucked away in southwest Wisconsin. It was a place which seemed appropriate for quiet and introspection.


  1. Marcie / May 19 2009 7:07 am

    Very peaceful…calm…quiet image. Love your point-of-view and how you’ve captured the repetition of shapes and forms.

  2. Anna Surface / May 19 2009 11:40 am

    I like the wrought iron fence with shadows along with the symmetry of the stones. A quiet place for contemplation.

  3. amuirin / May 19 2009 12:02 pm

    That picture looks really good with the blog design, too. That may be irrelevant, but I couldn’t help but notice.

    I sat thinking for a moment about what kind of life that must be to lead, for those sisters. It seems… narrow to me, and yet they must each of them truly believe there is a meaning to all this-based on the work they do and the life they choose to lead. In a way I kind of envy that lack of uncertainty.

  4. oneshotbeyond / May 19 2009 12:18 pm

    very interesting perspective…

  5. bookbabie / May 19 2009 12:46 pm

    Great perspective, I like how you divided the photo too with 3/4 vertical and 1/4 horizontal.

  6. Preston Surface / May 19 2009 9:23 pm

    Appears the fence is pointing upwards. A good sign. I can respect the life these ladies have lived, but gee whiz…. sure seems a lonesome life all the way to the end.

  7. montucky / May 19 2009 10:15 pm

    I think that really is a place of peace.

  8. ceanothe / May 20 2009 1:05 am

    Very nice shot !

  9. Gandalf / May 20 2009 8:15 am

    The lines, the shadows & the symmetry combine to make this a wonderful photo.

    I read through the comments of others, and i don’t believe the sisters would view theif life as lonely. I believe the community binds them when they are together or apart. That community must be very powerful.

    The photo is a nice tribute to the lives they have lived.

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