Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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Mother Augusta Collins, a 41-year member of the community of cloistered Benedictine nuns at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, sits aboard a Kubota tractor donated by Frank Martinelli, owner of Good Hill Mechanical Services Inc. of Woodbury.

Mother Augusta, who has a doctoral degree in agronomy, said, “He saw that we had all this land [400 acres] and he said, ‘Well, I have this little tractor that I’m not using.’”

The four-wheel drive tractor can mow lawns, lift heavy objects in its bucket loader, rototill, plow snow and more, she said.

Mr. Martinelli is also raising money so the abbey can replace the roof of a sheep barn, a project valued at over $20,000, she said. (Photo by Jack Sheedy)