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        Sr. Mariette Therese Bernier elected
     Colorado Springs, CO   Sr. Marie Therese Summers 

Pre-chapter memories

Here are few screenshots taken during the Pre-chapter sessions.

 Sr. Marie Therese Summers was elected Prioress of Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs, CO

Today the chapter of Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs elected

Sister Marie Therese Summers as their next Prioress. She will be installed on August 5 and will serve a term of 6 years. There is rejoicing here in Colorado Springs. Marie Therese has been the treasurer of the community for the last 23 years, among the many hats she has worn. Soon she will don a new hat!  

 Sr. Mariette Therese Bernier was elected Prioress of St. Walburga Monastery in Elizabeth, NJ

With joy and gratitude to God, we announce the election of Sister Mariette Therese Bernier, OSB as the next Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, New Jersey.  Sr. Mariette Therese will begin her six year term when she is installed in July. Sister Kimberly Porter, from St. Walburg Monastery in Covington, Kentucky, facilitated the discernment process. Sister Lynn McKenzie, President of the Federation of Saint Scholastica, presided over the canonical election and declared Sister Mariette Theres as Prioress-elect. 

 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.

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

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

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