The Federation of Saint Scholastica, comprised of 17 Monasteries of
Benedictine Women, was established on February 25, 1922.

2020 Election and Visitation Schedule


     Erie, PA                    Sr. Stephanie Schmidt elected
     Baltimore, MD        Sr. Kathy McNany elected
     Torreón, Mexico   
                          Sr.  Maricarmen Bracamontes re-elected
     Cullman, AL      Sr. Lynn Elisabeth Meadows elected
     Boerne, TX             Sr. Sylvia Ahr was appointed    
     Pittsburgh, PA       Sr. Karen Brink re-elected
     St. Leo, FL              Sr. Roberta Bailey re-elected
     Elizabeth, NJ         May 13 - 16, 2021
     Colorado Springs, CO    June 11 - 13, 2021


 Sr. Roberta Bailey was re-elected Prioress of Holy Name Monastery in St. Leo, Florida

Great news of joy from Holy Name Monastery in St Leo, Florida.  Today the community postulated Sister Roberta Bailey to serve another six year term.  As federation president I agreed to dispense the impediment of serving as prioress beyond the 12 year maximum set out in Call to Life.


Sister Roberta has previously served one 6 year term and one 4 year term.  She will serve an additional 6 year term.  God bless her for her willingness to serve.  Thank you, Roberta!


A word of thanks also to Kathy McNany (Baltimore) and Marcia Ziska (Atchison) who served as co-facilitators of the election discernment process here.

 Sr. Karen Brink was re-elected Prioress of St. Benedict Monastery in Pittsburgh, PA

Rejoice with the Sisters of St Benedict Monastery in Pittsburgh on the re-election today of Sister Karen Brink as their prioress. This will be Sister Karen’s second term.

Thank you to Sister Karen for her YES to further service of her sisters, as she continues to hold the place of Christ in the monastery.

 Sr. Sylvia Ahr was appointed Administrator of            St. Scholastica Monastery in Boerne, TX

Sister Sylvia Ahr has been appointed Administrator of St. Scholastica Monastery in Boerne, TX, while prioress Sister Frances Briseno, recovers from a stroke. 

 Sr. Lynn Elisabeth Meadows, OSB elected Prioress at Sacred Heart Monastery,  Cullman, AL

The Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, Alabama joyfully announce the election of Sister Lynn Elisabeth Meadows, O.S.B. as their next Prioress.  Her six-year term of office will begin on Saturday, June 5, 2021.


Sister Lynn Elisabeth was elected following a period of discernment by the monastic community during which they sought the guidance of the Holy Spirit as to who God was calling to lead the community during the next six years.  The discernment process was facilitated by Sister Aileen Bankemper, O.S.B., Prioress of St. Walburg’s Monastery in Covington, KY.  Presiding over the election was Sister Kimberly Porter, O.S.B., Councilor of the Federation of St. Scholastica, the Federation of Benedictine Sisters to which the Sacred Heart community belongs.


Please rejoice with us over the election of Sister Lynn Elisabeth as our Prioress-Elect!

Federation Pre-Chapter: June 15-19, 2021,            Virtual Video Conference 

Federation Chapter: June 15-21, 2022, Atchison, KS




On Friday, March 26, 2021

the Benedictine Sisters of 

Monesterio Pan de Vida

in Torreón, Mexico  re-elected 

Sister Maricarmen Bracamontes

as prioress. 

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