Calendar and Highlights- 2014

President of the Federation

Lynn Marie McKenzie, OSB  President

Federation of St. Scholastica

916 Convent Rd NE,
Cullman, AL 35055
(256) 615-6115

The Federation of Saint Scholastica, comprised of 20 Monasteries of
Benedictine Women, was established on February 25, 1922.

Sr. Lynn Marie McKenzie to Serve the Federation as President

Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, OSB, Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, Alabama, was elected to serve as the President for the Federation of Saint Scholastica (2014-2018).  The election was held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 as part of the Federations' Chapter Meeting: Faithful Evolution: Embraced by Hope.  Sr. Lynn Marie McKenzie will take office on August 15, 2014. 

Council Elect for the Federation of St. Scholastica -2014-2018
Sr. Susan Quaintance, OSB, St. Scholastica, Chicago, IL ( First Councilor)
Sr. Anne Wambach, OSB, Mount St Benedict, Erie, PA
Sr. Rita Brink,OSB, St. Walburg, Covington, KY
Sr. Kathy McNany, OSB, Emmanuel Monastery, Lutherville, MD
Sr Maricarmen Bracamontes, OSB,Monasterio Pan De Vida, Torreon, Mexico

Gratitude for Service...                           2010-2104 Federation President

The Federation of St. Scholastica would like to thank Sr. Glenna Smith, OSB for her years of service as Federation President. Sr. Glenna,OSB,  (St. Benedict Monastery Bristow Virgina), provided the Federation with wisdom, guidance and expertise in order to promote and sustain Benedictine life in our communities. She has been blessing to us in a critical period of our history.  We thank you Sr. Glenna.

Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, NJ - Elect Prioress

Sr. Glenna Smith, OSB (Federation President), Sr. Mary Feehan (Prioress-elect) and Sr. Mary Catherine Wenstrup (facilitator)

Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, NJ elected Sr. Mary Feehan as Prioress -elect for their community.  (2014-2018). The discernment/election took place throughout the
May 16-18, 2014 weekend.  Sr. Glenna Smith, OSB, President of the Federation and Sr. Mary Catherine Wenstrup facilitated this discernment weekend.
Click here to view photos of the Prioress, Prioress-Elect and Facilitators of Elizabeth, NJ

Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh Elect Prioress

Prioress Elect Sr. Karen Brink, OSB

Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh elected their 15th Prioress, Sr. Karen Brink, OSB (2014-2020).  The discernment/election weekend took place on
April 24-27, 2014.  Read full story.

St. Walburg Monastery, Covington KY re-elect Prioress

On May, 29, 2014 the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery re-elected Sr. Mary Catherine Wenstrup, OSB to serve as prioress (2014-2018). Read full story and photo.

Conference of Benedictine Prioresses - January 30 - February 5, 2014

Women of Hope

Prioresses from the Federations of St. Scholastica, St. Benedict, St. Gertrude,  the Congregation of Perpetual Adoration and the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing are meeting at Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas to plan and reflect as women religious.  The reflection days are being led by Sister Irene Nowell, OSB (Atchison, KS) on theme of "Woman of Hope: Old Testament Women Speaking to Us Today."

Benedictine Sisters Attend TRENDS2013 Training, Anaheim CA

TRENDS2013 Training

Benedictine Sisters from all Federations attended the 2013 TRENDS Training at RCRI in Anaheim, CA on October 22-25th.  Sisters gathered were enriched by pre and post workshops that will  help leadership address legal, canonical and financial issues encountered within a community.  (For full brochure and descriptions click on the collage above)



Workshop Titles and Presenters
Answer to All Leadership's Questions - 
Presenters: Dan Ward, OSB, and Lynn Jarrell, OSU

Affordable Care Act - Presenters: Lisa Carr (HHS) and Donna Miller (RCRI)
The New TRENDS....

Ground Breaking for New Monastery -Benedictine Sisters of Florida


Holy Ground – The Benedictine Sisters of St. Leo Florida broke ground for their next monastery… just across the highway from the current building. Sisters can look out the upper story windows and see the bull dozers at work.

Over 200 people were in attendance at the ground breaking ceremony on Thursday, October 10. In addition local pastors, the Vicar General, Vicar for Religious, Abbot and monks; representatives from the University, 3 mayors, county commissioners, the local chamber, parish school; friends,oblates and the strangers who saw the sign at the corner of the road were all
there to celebrate and rejoice!

For full remarks from Sister Roberta Bailey, O.S.B. Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida and photos please visit:




Subprioress and House Coordinator Workshop and Retreat

Subprioresses and House Coordinators

Leading From Your Center

September 26th – October 1st

Benedictine Subprioresses and House Coordinators joined together at
The Benedict Inn – Our Lady Grace Monastery in a workshop and retreat which provided an opportunity to take time to reflect on our own balancing of  prayer, work and leisure in the midst of our daily and busy lives.

Sister Olga Wittekind,OSF was the main speaker on Saturday. Srs' message was to learn how to appreciate our differences and to listen to God's message in our dreams.



Sr. Benita Coffey - Honord for Decades of Work on Social Justice Issues

Sr. Benita Coffey, OSB

Benedictine Sister of Chicago, Sr. Benita Coffey, OSB was  honored on September 21, 2013  for her decades of work on social justice issues by Sr. Pat Farrell, the former President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)  Sr. Benita received The Mary Elsbernd, OSF Award from the 8th Day Center for Justice at the "Revel in the Revolution" Ceremony.  (See full story)




Prioresses attend LCWR's 2013 Assembly

Benedictine Prioresses attend 2013 Assembly

Leadership Evolving:


Benedictine Prioresses attend the Annual assembly of LCWR
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Orlando, FL, August 13-16, 2013.

The Prioresses attending represent 22 Benedictine monasteries from all over the
United States and from the Federations of St. Benedict, St. Gertrude, and St. Scholastica, as well as the Congregation of Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. The Leadership Assembly explored issues
facing the global community and the US Catholic sisters response. 

Sister Ilia Delio, OSF was the keynote speaker who spoke on the destruction of the planet and the need for recognition of the place of
humanity in the evolutionary process. She pointed out that the decisions we make today will shape the future direction of evolution.

For information and assembly releases (read more)

55 & Under attend Bi-Annul Gathering

Federation of St. Scholastica's 55 & Under

Life abounds as 84 Catholic Benedictine Sisters, all aged 55 or under, converged upon the campus of Sacred Heart Monastery and Mount Marty College in Yankton, The four-day gathering, entitled...

“Wisdom Calls: Carpe Diem”
  August 8-11, 2013.

The Sisters attending represent 22 Benedictine monasteries from all over the United States and from the Federations of St. Benedict, St. Gertrude, and St. Scholastica, as well as the Congregation
of Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.  They were joined by the four presidents of the Federations/ Congregation.
This group meets biannually in various
monasteries across the United States to connect
Benedictine women in this age demographic for the purpose of sharing ideas, resources, hopes, dreams and to build new relationships among us.

Keynote speaker, Sr.  Edith Bogue, OSB from St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth,
MN spoke on “Cultural Shifts”.

Sr. Veronica Joyner, OSB, from St. Benedict in Bristow, VA says “that this gathering is a renewal of our connections and strengthening of our commitment and an opportunity for collaboration; a search for wisdom together Leadership Conference of Women Religious Assembly Explores Issues Facing the Global Community.



Pre-Chapter for the Federation of St. Scholastica, St. Leo Florida

Lake Jovita, St. Leo University, Florida
Benedictine SIsters gather in St. Leo Florida to begin the Federation's Pre-Chapter meetings.  The meeting opened on Thursday evening with President Kirk welcoming the  Benedictine Prioresses and elected delegates of the Federation of St. Scholastica. The 67 Benedictine Sisters are from 20 monateries across the U.S. and Mexico. In celebration of the 50th anniversary year of Vatican Council, the Benedictine Prioresses and delegates will begin to study the documents of Vatican II and the implications for today’s women religious.
The delegation gathered with the Benedictine Sisters of Holy Name Monatery, Florida on the building site for their new monastery. Sister Roberta Bailey, prioress, led the ceremony, which included a prayer service with a blessing of the ground and burying a medal of St. Benedict.  The Sisters Holy Name Monastery are expecting to  break ground for the new monastery early next school year with hopes of moving into their new home during 2014, their 125th anniversary year.

Saint Scholastica Monastery, Boerne Texas Postulates Prioress

Bernadine Reyes, OSB Prioress Boerne Texas, Sr. Cecilia Dwyer, OSB, Prioress Bristow VA, and Sr. Glenna Smith, OSB Federation President
Sister Bernadine Reyes, OSB, St. Scholastica Monastery, Boerne, Texas was postulated by her sisters Saturday, April 13, 2013 to serve as Prioress for the next five years. She first began her ministry as Prioress in 2001.  The election discernment was facilitated by Sister Cecilia Dwyer, Prioress, Saint Benedict Monastery, Bristow, VA.
Election of Council Members also took place April 13th. (more- News)

Saint Joseph Monastery, Tulsa OK Re-elect Prioress

Sr. Anne Shepard, Prioress Atchison KS, Sr. Christine Ereiser, Prioress(re-elected) Tulsa OK, and Sr. Glenna Smith, President of the Federation of St. Scholastica

Sister Christine Ereiser, OSB, was re-elected this morning at Saint Joseph Monastery, Tulsa, OK, to serve as Prioress for a second term of 6-years. Sister Anne Shepard, OSB, Prioress, Mount St. Scholastica Monastery facilitated the discernment process.
Election of Council Members also took place on Saturday, April 13th. (Read more-News)

CBP: Releases Immigration Statement

We, the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses, join our voices with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), with Network, and with the bipartisan legislative effort to create a comprehensive immigration reform. 

As immigrants themselves, our Benedictine foremothers understood the needs of immigrants coming to this country.  They served well and nurtured faith in this new land. In our time of numerous migrations, we acknowledge the rich contribution made by immigrant people and decry the unjust treatment they are too often compelled to endure. (Read more - News)

Conference of Benedictine Prioresses Elect New President

Sr. Patricia Crowley, OSB, Prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery, Chicago IL, has been elected as President of the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses (2013-2017). Benedictine Prioresses elected Sr. Patricia at their annual conference.  The Conference took place on January 31st to February 5th, at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona. ( Read more - News)

Federation Presidents and Council Members plan for the "Future"

Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, IN - Facilitated by Donna Fyffe

Message from the President

The Federation of St. Scholastica has a proud history of preserving the legacy of Benedictine monasticism as lived in its member communities.  The twenty Benedictine communities of the Federation animate and extend the values of monasticism in their local geographic area and in the universal Church.  The Federation provides opportunities for collaboration and cooperation among and between the communities and in the larger Benedictine family.  We face the challenges of the present as we forge a heritage to pass on to future generations.  The Federation is at the service of communities living the Benedictine tradition in ways that speak to our time in history. With that "good zeal"(RB:72) of Benedict we journey together.