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

Sister Bernadine Reyes elected Prioress  of Boerne, TX

On November 21, 2021, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Boerne, Texas elected Sister Bernadine Reyes, OSB as our Prioress. Sister Bernadine, who held the position of Prioress from 2001-2018, succeeds Sister Frances Briseño, OSB who suffered a stroke in March 2021.
For the past two years, Sister Bernadine has served as Director of Ministries and as a member of the Sisters’ Formation Team. She currently serves on the Sam’s Kids Board in Boerne.
Sister Sylvia Ahr, OSB, who was appointed the community’s Administrator in April 2021, will remain Administrator until Sister Bernadine is officially installed as Prioress in early 2022.
Sister Elaine Fischer, OSB of Mt. St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kansas served as the election discernment facilitator. Sister Lynn McKenzie, OSB of the Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, Alabama and President of the Federation of St. Scholastica presided at the canonical election.

What One Lawyer Learned Living with Nuns in Alabama While Representing a Man on Death Row 

The following article was written by Don Cameron Clark Jr. who wrote the book Summary Judgment. It discusses the impact Sr Lynn and the Culman community had on his life. A great read - as is the book!


What One Lawyer Learned Living with Nuns

Visitation - St. Scholastica Monastery,                  Atchison, KS    November 2-7, 2021

Visitators: Sr. Susan Quaintance, Sr. Lynn McKenzie, and Sr. Michaela Hedican

Prayer Shawls Auction

Be part of the 100th Anniversary of the Benedictine Women’s Federation of St. Scholastica in 2022


All proceeds from the sale of these 10 beautiful shawls made with prayerful hands and loving hearts by Sister Ana Cloughly, Colorado Springs, CO, and Sister Dolores Dean, Bristow, VA, will help support the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Benedictine Women's Federation of St. Scholastica in June 2022. Titled "Benedictine Life: A Vision Unfolding," the celebration will include a public prayer and celebration, a special anniversary issue of Benedictines magazine, and a Benedictine Colloquium open to all Benedictine seekers.


Six speakers will present papers at a hybrid colloquium with participants both on site at Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS, and anywhere else via virtual attendance. Registrations for both options will open soon. More information at

“Over the next four years (2018-2022) take the 17 communities of the Federation of St. Scholastica and monasticism itself to new levels of visibility in the church and the world by publicly celebrating the vision and dedication of Benedictine women over the past 100 years while at the same time supporting current works as well as new and wider efforts to bring the peace of Christ and the justice of the gospel to today’s turbulent world.”


Ana Cloughly, OSB,
Andrea Westkamp, OSB,
Catherine Martinez, OSB, Elizabeth Brown, OSB,
Judith Sutera, OSB,
Linda Romey, OSB,

Visitation - St. Walburg Monastery,                  Covington, Kentucky    October 14-17, 2021

For Pittsburgh Benedictines, a "glorious" Easter after the Covid 19 ordeal. 

Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh link to article



NAABOD (North American Association of Benedictine Oblate Directors) Newsletter

2020 - Final_Fall. NAABOD Newsletter.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [952.4 KB]

Sister Sue Fazzini from Pittsburgh Benedictines

The Global Sisters Report features a question and answers interview with Sister Sue Fazzini about her ministry with incarcerated individuals:

Sister Stephanie Schmidt elected Prioress in Erie

Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, Sister Stephanie Schmidt, prioress-elect, Sister Lynn McKenzie, president and Sister Michaela Hedican, election discernment facilitator. Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, Sister Stephanie Schmidt, prioress-elect, Sister Lynn McKenzie, president and Sister Michaela Hedican, election discernment facilitator.

The Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Erie, Pennsylvania, on July 12, 2020, elected Sister Stephanie Schmidt as their 22nd prioress.  Stephanie succeeds Sister Anne Wambach, who served the community as prioress for the last ten years.  For the last ten years, Sister Stephanie has been director of initial formation.

Sister Michaela Hedican, OSB of St. Benedict Monastery (St. Joseph, Minnesota) served as the election discernment facilitator.  Sister Lynn McKenzie, OSB presided at the canonical election.”

Bristow Sisters recognized in local publication

Once again the Benedictine Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery in Bristow, VA are recognized in the Prince William Living publication. The May 31, 2020 edition and article are accessible through the following link:

Coronavirus Edition of the Gyrovagi Published

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