Day, Agnes

From Biographia Cisterciensis

Agnes Day

Agnes Day OCSO

Abbess of Mount St. Mary's Abbey, Wrentham, 1986–2008; author

* 24 May 1933 Baguio, Philippine Islands
28 May 2017 Wrentham, Massachussetts

Agnes Day, baptized Sarah Alice Mary Day, was born in Baguio, Philippine Islands on May 24, 1933, the third child of Kenneth and Alice Day. Due to her father’s work, she spent most of her childhood in the Philippines, a country she loved very much. It was, however, when she was studying at Middlebury College in Vermont that she entered the Catholic Church on October 25, 1952. Almost immediately she became aware of a call to the religious life and, more specifically, to the Cistercian life, and after discovering Mt. St. Mary’s Abbey in Wrentham, Massachusetts, she entered June 7, 1956.

Sister Agnes, as she was named in remembrance of her sister Agnes who had died at 19, was a most fervent and responsible religious. She received the habit December 29, 1956, made temporary profession September 22, 1958 and made Solemn Vows December 8, 1961. She served many years as the Abbess’ secretary, Vocation Director and finally Prioress, although it seems that her very favorite occupation was community cobbler. When Mother Angela Norton died, Mother Agnes was elected to succeed her March 21, 1986, and she remained Abbess for twenty two years until her retirement at seventy five.

Suffering from Alzheimers and Parkinsons in her last years she died on May 28, 2017, at the time of the compline. Her book Light in the Shoe Shop (Cistercian Publications, 2013) offers the reader a unique and intimate glance into the day-to-day experience of living the cloistered life in feminine mode.



Vest.: 29 Dec 1956; Prof.: 22 Sep 1958, 8 Dec 1961; Abbatissa: el 21 March 1986, res. 2008.


Light in the Shoe Shop: A Cobbler's Contemplations (Monastic Wisdom Series ; 36). Collegeville: Cistercian Publications, 2013.



Citation: Day, Agnes, in: Biographia Cisterciensis (Cistercian Biography), Version vom 30.5.2017, URL:,_Agnes

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