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

CIB 2017 Group photo at Daegu Priory of the Missionary Benedictines in South Korea CIB 2017 Group photo at Daegu Priory of the Missionary Benedictines in South Korea

Benedictines Attend LCWR in Orlando

Benedictine Prioresses gathered for a group photo Benedictine Prioresses gathered for a group photo
Conference Theme--Being the Presence of Love: The Power of Transformation Conference Theme--Being the Presence of Love: The Power of Transformation

Pre-Chapter 2017 held at Saint Leo University

On the evening of June 15, 2017, delegations from the member monasteries of the Federation of St. Scholastica opened their meetings with Evening Prayer and an brief inpirational address by Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, Federation President. The theme of the gathering was "Facing Forward with Hope." On Friday morning Sister Edith Bogue, OSB from Duluth, MN began a series of presentations to stir ideas and conversations that would eventually determine the content for the Chapter gathering in 2018. Sister Kathy McNany of Baltimore, MD gave a presentation to stir ideas for celebrating the centennial of the federation in 2022 and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Renewal Chapters of 1968 and 1969 that followed the Second Vatican Council. Sister Rita Brink of Covington, KY and administrator of St. Joseph Monastery in St. Marys, PA gave a report on the Interfederation Heritage Project, which is working to preserve the archives, artifacts, and the history of the first foundation of Benedictine women in North America. Sister Anne Wambach of Erie, PA gave a detailed financial report to the assembly.

Gathering for Evening Prayer Gathering for Evening Prayer
Sister Edith Bogue, OSB addresses the assembly Sister Edith Bogue, OSB addresses the assembly
Delegates at the Mass of Thanksgiving at Holy Name Monastery Delegates at the Mass of Thanksgiving at Holy Name Monastery

On Saturday morning, the Pre-Chaper delegates joined the Sisters of Holy Name Monastery for the Thanksgiving Mass and Blessing of the new guest wing of their monastery by Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

Delegates join the Benedictine Sisters of Florida for the blessing of their new guest wing Delegates join the Benedictine Sisters of Florida for the blessing of their new guest wing
All meals were in the university cafeteria All meals were in the university cafeteria

Sister Therese Haydel, federation webmaster, gave a brief demonstration of the changes that have been to the federation website over the previous year. New ideas for additions and future developments were offered from the floor. 

 

Participants who were interested in planning for the federation's centennial met with Sister Kathy McNany. 

 

The Pre-Chapter gathering concluded with a very nice celebratory meal prepared and served by the Saint Leo University culinary staff. 

Sister Esther Fangman elected in Atchison

L to R: Sisters Kathryn Huber, Esther Fangman, Lynn Marie McKenzie, Aileen Bankemper L to R: Sisters Kathryn Huber, Esther Fangman, Lynn Marie McKenzie, Aileen Bankemper

After prayerful deliberation, the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas, have elected Sister Esther Fangman as the twelfth prioress in their 153-year history. Sister Esther is a native of Seneca, Kansas, where she was educated by Benedictine sisters at St. Mary’s parish in St. Benedict, Kansas. She received a doctorate in counseling from Idaho State University and has used it in a number of counseling settings. Currently, she is in private practice serving clients in the Kansas City area. She was also president of the Federation of St. Scholastica, a federation of Benedictine monasteries, from 1998 to 2010.

 

She follows Sister Anne Shepard, who has served the community as prioress for the past twelve years. Sister Anne praised the community’s choice saying, “Having lived and served with Sister Esther in Kansas City as well as Atchison, I find her to be a woman of faith, compassion and competency. Our community will be blessed with her as our new prioress.”

 

Election Discernment was facilitated by Sisters Kathryn Huber of Ferninand, IN and Aileen Bankemper of Covington, KY. The election was presided over by Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, Federation President. 

Anne Shepard honored by Donnelly College

During the Annual Commencement Exercises of Donnelly College on May 13, 2017, Sister Anne Shepard, Prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS, was announced as the 2017 Delta Award recipient for her significant contribution to the ideals and philosophy for which the college stands. In her 12 years as Prioress she also served on the Board of Directors for Donnelly College. Donnelly College was established in 1949 as a combined effort of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and the Diocese of Kansas City with the Sisters providing faculty and the diocese the location for classrooms. Currently, Donnelly College is only one of ten diocesan colleges in the United States.

Sister Anne Shepard recognized at Board of Director's Meeting for Donnelly College May 3, 2017 Sister Anne Shepard recognized at Board of Director's Meeting for Donnelly College on May 3, 2017

Oblate Institute to be held July 20-23, 2017

The 10th Annual Oblate Institute will be held at Sophia Center in Atchison, KS July 20nd to 23rd. Oblates from all Benedictine houses are invited to attend. The main speaker will be Fr. Meinrad Miller, OSB of St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison, KS, and his theme will be "Steps to Good Living." To view and download the flyer click below.

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Prioress Elected in Ridgley, MD

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Gertrude Monastery in Ridglely, MD elected Sister Catherine Godfrey as Prioress on Saturday May, 13, 2017.  Her installation will be on July 8, 2017. Sister Jacquelyn Ernster of Yankton, SD served as Administrator for the Sisters in Ridgley for just over three years. The elections discernment was led by Sister Mary Catherine Wenstrup, Prioress of St. Walburg Monastery in Covington, KY. Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, Federation President, presided over the election. The Sisters serving on the election committee were Sisters Eleanor Murray, Marlies Tomczyk, and Marie Becker. For the election, Sister Mary Agnes Dugan was the secretary and Sisters Vincent Schroeder and Margaret Mary Graney were the tellers.

l to r: Sisters Mary Catherine Wenstrup, Lynn Marie McKenzie, Catherine Godfrey, and Jacquelyn Ernster l to r: Sisters Mary Catherine Wenstrup, Lynn Marie McKenzie, Catherine Godfrey, and Jacquelyn Ernster
Election Committee (l to r): Sisters Eleanor Murray, Marlies Tomczyk, and Marie Becker Election Committee (l to r): Sisters Eleanor Murray, Marlies Tomczyk, and Marie Becker
l to r: Sisters Catherine Godfrey, Mary Agnes Dugan, Lynn Marie McKenzie, Vincent Schroeder, and Margaret Mary Graney

Chicago Benedictine elected to NRVC Board

Sister Belinda Monahan of the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago was recently elected to the Boad of the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC). Follow this link to view the NRVC web posting of the Current board members.

Sister Clare Carr re-elected at Benet Hill Monastery

Sister Mary Catherine Wenstrup, Sister Clare Carr and Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie l to r: Sister Mary Catherine Wenstrup, Sister Clare Carr and Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie

On April 30, 2017 the Sisters at Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs, CO re-relected Sister Clare Carr to a second term as prioress.  Sister Mary Catherine Wenstrup, the prioress of St. Walburg Monastery in Covington, KY, was the discernment facilitator and the election was presided over by Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, Federation President.  Sister Mary John Thomas and Sister Therese O'Grady were the tellers for the election and Sister Evangeline Salazar was the  election secretary. Serving on the election committee were Sisters Naomi, Anne, Marilyn (chair), Lucile and Ann Madeline.

Election Committee l to r: Sisters Naomi, Anne, Marilynn, and Lucile Election Committee l to r: Sisters Naomi, Anne, Marilynn, and Lucile

Benedictines Greeted by Pope Francis

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." 

Benedictine Leadership attends LCWR 2016 Assembly in Atlanta

Benedictine Leadership Group at LCWR Benedictine Leadership Group at LCWR

Roberta Bailey Re-elected at St. Leo, FL

Sisters Lynn Marie and Roberta sing the Te Deum at the end of the canonical election ritual. Sisters Lynn Marie and Roberta sing the Te Deum at the end of the canonical election ritual.

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.

Election Committee: (l to r) Sisters Jean, Mary Clare, and Mildred Election Committee: (l to r) Sisters Jean, Mary Clare, and Mildred
Tellers: (l to r) Sisters Mary Ramona, Elizabeth, and Margaret Mary Tellers: (l to r) Sisters Mary Ramona, Elizabeth, and Margaret Mary
Sisters Bernadine, Roberta, and Lynn Marie Sisters Bernadine, Roberta, and Lynn Marie

2 Pittsburgh Benedictines acknowledged in local Catholic paper

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.

Sisters Sue and Audry Sisters Sue and Audry
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