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Nuns on Reality TV!

Trappistine monastery to be focus of new cable reality show

DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) -- Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, near Dubuque, is known for the lives of prayer the Trappistine Sisters lead there and for the delicious caramels they make. Now an even wider audience will get a glimpse into their lives. A four-part television series, "The Monastery," filmed in Dubuque a year ago, will be shown on the TLC cable channel. It was to debut at 2 p.m. EDT on Easter, April 8, and continue for three more Sundays at the same time. Five women who answered a casting call were chosen to spend 40 days and nights in a women's monastery somewhere in the United States. That "somewhere" turned out to be Our Lady of the Mississippi. The entire 40 days were filmed. The finished product is a companion to "The Monastery" series filmed at the men's Monastery of Christ in the Desert in Abiquiu, N.M., shown last fall on TLC.

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