The Federation of Saint Scholastica, comprised of 20 Monasteries of Benedictine Women, was established on February 25, 1922.
As the Benedictine abbots gathered in Rome to elect a new Abbot Primate, the Benedictine Sisters and Nuns attending the Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum (CIB) were invited observers. Pope Francis greeted the gathering on September 8th but also chose to greet the participats individually. Sister Lynn Marie comments about the experience on her Facebook posting:"This is the highlight of my meetings in Rome!...The Holy Father is everything you have heard about him: Joy-filled, kind, humble, a lovely man."
The Benedictine Sisters of Florida re-elected Sister Roberta Baily as prioress the weekend of May 20-22, 2016. The Discernment Facilitator was Sister Bernadine Reyes, the prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery in Boerne, TX. Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, President of the Federation of St. Scholastica, presided over the Canonical Election ritual.
Pittsburgh Benedictine Sisters Sue Fazzini and Audrey Quinn are acknowledges for their generous service to Greene County, PA through the Heart and Sole Shoe Drive, a ministry that has donated over 5,000 pairs of shoes since 1999. To learn more about this amazing ministry and these outstanding Sisters, follow this link.
On April 21-24, 2016 Benedictine Sisters, age 55 and under, gathered from regions all over the United States and Mexico at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, IN. Participants came from member monasteries of the Federation of St. Scholastica, the Federation of St. Gerturude, and the Federation of St. Benedict as well as from Congregation of Perpetual Adoration and the Missionary Benedictines of Norfolk, NE. The presidents from the three federations and the prioress from the Missionary Benedictines were also present. The theme of the gathering was "New Wineskins" and the primary discussion topics were about collaboration as Benedictine labora and the use of technology in collaboration and relationship-building.
The Sisters of Monasterio Pan de Vida in Torreon, Mexico elected Sister Maricarmen Bracamontes as their second prioress since their foundation in 1996. Since then Sistr Patricia Henry has served the community as prioress with much care, grace, dedication, and wisdom. The canonical election was presided over by Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, federation president.
The Benedictine Sisters of Cullman had their ordinary Visitation March 10 - 13, 2016 with Visitators Sister Susan Quaintance from Chicago and Sister Glenna Smith from Bristow, VA. A great spirit of joy and anticipation filled the weekend as the community looks to the future with new vision after ten long years of planning and renovation activities. The image of the St. Scholastica statue "Release," commissioned for the community's 100th anniversary in 2002, provided a central theme through the self-study and visitation process. Additional photos may be seen on the community's website, just follow the link.
Federation of St. Scholastica
916 Convent Rd NE,
Cullman, AL 35055