Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, the founder of the Benedictine Sisters of Mary in Gower, passed away in May 2019 at the age of 95. Her corpse was interred on the chapel grounds. The nun’s body had not decomposed when the convent recently chose to relocate her bones to the alter underneath the chapel.
The nun’s remains was reportedly in “excellent condition” despite being interred in a straightforward wooden casket that was even cracked without embalming four years prior.Following the strange discovery, word of it spread on social media, and thousands of people have already made their way to the convent in the sleepy Missouri hamlet of Gower to see Lancaster’s body.
Even though it’s a difficult journey to the convent, as reported by KCTV 5 News, a large number of Americans, including those from Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, are making the trip to view what has been dubbed a miracle.
“This is something I didn’t want to miss because it’s once in a lifetime, okay?” said Parfait Miaktsindila to KCTV5 News. “Seeing miracles like this, it strengthens our faith so I would encourage other people to come with their own eyes and see and visit what we have seen today.”
What you need to know about the woman who saw Jesus at her first communion at age 9 is that Lancaster founded the convent in Gower at the age of 70.
According to the Catholic News Agency (CNA), Lancaster was the second of five children who grew up in a religious home. She was born Mary Elizabeth Lancaster in St. Louis in 1924. As she went through a white neighborhood to her house after school, Lancaster earned the moniker “chocolate drops” during the time of segregation, according to CNA, who also noted that her classmates made fun of her since she was the lone Catholic.