Shanon gathered the group in the morning and drove them to St. Rochus Chapel in Bingen. After touring the grounds, the group visited the Hildegard Forum in Bingen where they ate a delicious lunch fixed with may of the herbs Hildegard grew in her garden. After lunch the group boarded a boat sailing by castles along the Rhine. Many of the castles date back to Hildegard's lifetime. Shanon's commentary follows:
St. Rochus Chapel is located in Bingen and is an annex to the Basilica of St. Martin (where we visited on Sunday evening). It is connected to the Hildegard Trail because it is the home of two of St. Hildegard's relics. The outdoor grounds are extraordinary and provide a beautiful space for outdoor liturgies. Indoors, the side altar contains a beautiful metal panel with scenes from her life.
This side altar inside of the chapel of St. Hildegard depicts various scenes from her life.
A deacon, priest, and bishop standing together at the edge - literally and figuratively! We are behind St. Rochus Church overlooking the Rhine River.
View of St. Hildegard's Abbey in Eibingen from the edge of St. Rochus.
The Hildegard Forum in Bingen is run by the Holy Cross Sisters and is a retreat center and pilgrimage site. In addition to an active convent, there are guest rooms, a gift-shop, and a Hildegard-themed restaurant. Outside of the restaurant is a "Hilde-Garten" with many of the herbs she wrote about.
Inside the Hildegard Forum is a beautiful statue of St. Hildegard of Bingen, looking to the Living Light while holding a feather and a copy of her major theological work, Scivias.
Relaxing in the forum under the Cosmic Egg: Lillian Lewis, RCWP; Susan Guzik, ARCWP; Jim Marsh, ARCWP; and Dagmar Celese, RCWP.
A Hildegard-themed restaurant! The income generated from the Hildegard Forum helps to support the Holy Cross Sisters.
Deacon Shanon Sterringer, ARCWP
Hungry pilgrims eating lunch!