Federation History

Three sisters came from Saint Walburg Convent in Eichstät, Bavaria to the United States in 1852 at the invitation of Rev. Boniface Wimmer, OSB, later Archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Led by Sister Benedicta Riepp, the little band settled in Saint Mary´s, Pennsylvania, the place from which missions and convents developed rapidly over
the next 50 years. 

In 1878, the first attempts were made to join the independent houses into a congregation. On February 25, 1922, the Apostolic See approved the Constitution and granted official approbation to the Congregation of Saint Scholastica. This congregation consisted
of ten monasteries in seven states. 

In 1974, the "Congregation" was designated "Federation" of Saint Scholastica to more accurately reflect the actual nature of this monastic structure. Today there are twenty-two monasteries in fifteen states and Mexico. The Constitutions, called Call to Life, were first published in 1974. After several revisions, they were given formal approval by the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes on February 10, 1988.

Histories of the Federation of St. Scholastica

The Benedictine Congregation of St. Scholastica: Its Foundation and Development
Sister Mary Regina Baska, OSB 
J. H. Furst Company Baltimore, Maryland ©1935 

Spring and Harvest, St. Walburg's Shrine: Symbol and Center of Nine-Hundred Fruitful Years 
Nuns of St. Walburg, translated by Sister Gonzaga Englehart, OSB
The GrailSt. Meinrad, Indiana© 1952 

Climb Along the Cutting Edge: An Analysis of Changes in Religious Life
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, Sister Stephanie Campbell, OSB, Sister Mary Collins, OSB, Sister Ernestine Johann, OSB, Sister Johnette Putnam, OSB
Paulist PressNew York City, New York© 1977  

Behind the Beginnings: Benedictine Women in America
Sister M. Incarnata Girgen, OSB
North Central Publishing CompanySt. Paul, Minnesota© 1981  

True Daughters: Monastic Identity and American Benedictine Women's History
Sister Judith Sutera, OSB
Benedictine College Press Atchison, Kansas© 1987 

We Were Blessed: A History of the Federation of St. Scholastica 1922-1997
Sister Regina Hansen, OSB
De LaSalle Student Press Second Printing©1987 

Lynn Marie McKenzie, OSB  President

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