The Vine

Each year, the vigorous vine that can be seen inside the monastery, produces white grapes. It has become the symbol of the obedience of Saint Rita and her spiritual fruitfulness. In fact, Rita - as the Gospel of John says - united with Jesus, the true vine, is a branch which produces much fruit.

Tradition has it that while Rita is a novice, the Mother Superior seeks her obedience by asking her to water a dry plant in the garden. Rita does so humbly every day, drawing water from the well that can still be found next to the vine. In this way, the plant starts to live again.

In the 1700s, it began to be said that the dry plant brought back to life through the obedience of Saint Rita was in fact a vine. The vine that can be seen today is more than 200 years old.