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Our gift shop will be closed until the end of the year  because of Covid 19 concerns.


DAVA Invites Catholic Young Adult Women Online  Retreat

DUBUQUE, Iowa—Young adult women are invited to a day of retreat with religious women from the Dubuque Area Vocation Association (DAVA) on Saturday, November 7th from 10:00am - 4:00pm for a virtual opportunity to experience community, prayer and conversation. The day will include prayer, talks, breaks for personal reflection, and small group conversations.

“In this time of searching for answers to some of our deepest questions: global health; social unrest and personal meaning in our lives we offer young adult women a safe place to explore the avenues of faith and hope and God’s unlimited LOVE . Join us for a day of listening and reflecting together.  All seekers are welcome!” ~Sr. Gail fitzpatrick, OCSO

       DAVA was formed in 2000 as a collaborative vocation ministry effort among various religious communities in the Dubuque area and the Archdiocese of Dubuque. It has since expanded to include members along the Upper Mississippi Valley. DAVA members recognize, acknowledge, and affirm the baptismal call of all Christians and they reach out to nurture, promote, encourage and help those who feel called to religious life.

Register at by November 1, 2020.   

Contact: Sr. Gail Fitzpatrick




Recently we published A Life of Hope, a book about our 50 year history here at Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey.  It is filled with beautiful pictures of the abbey and the abbey property.  It is available for sale at our gift shop and on our candy website: