Faith & Family Summer 2020 - Page 12

Before the Monastery By Brent McCoy 3222 County Rd 548, Hanceville AL, when googled, will reveal Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. This is a beautiful Franciscan Monastery that sits on 400 acres of rolling hills in southern Cullman County Alabama. While the 20-plus-year history of how this place became one of Alabama’s top tourist destinations is fascinating, I would like to tell a story that goes back a little further. The property that is now owned by the Poor Clare Sisters was pieced together like a patchwork quilt from several different properties that I knew as a young child. Growing up fifth generation on a family farm, you are passed down memories of times 12 | Faith & Family