The Federation of Saint Scholastica, comprised of 20 Monasteries of Benedictine Women, was established on February 25, 1922.
In a letter dated April 2, 2018, Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, as President of the Federation of St. Scholastica, asks that His Holiness Pope Francis favorably consider the Postulation of St. Gertrude the Great as a Doctor of the Church. To read her letter and learn more about the Postulation, click on the file below.
On Saturday, April 7, 2018, the Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery in Covington, KY elected Sister Aileen Bankemper to serve as their new prioress for the next four years. The outgoing prioress, Sister Mary Catherine Wenstrup has served the community as prioress since 2006. Sisters Susan Quaintance (Chicago) and Elaine Fischer (Atchison) were the election discernment facilitators, and Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, Federation President, presided over the election.
March 21, 2018
Wishing you every grace and happiness on this feast of our Holy Father Benedict. May we always run on the path of God’s commandments, our hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love. (RB Prol. 49) And may God bring us all together to everlasting life! (RB 72:12)
Let us hold each other in prayer as we continue to seek God in the school of the Lord’s service, asking God to keep us faithful.
With love and prayers for your good,
The 11th Annual Oblate Institute held at the Sophia Spirituality Center in Atchison, KS is scheduled for July 12-15, 2018. The theme of the Institute is "Being Fully Alive: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community." Judith Valente, Oblate of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, will be the main presenter. She has authored four books on spirituality, is an award-winning journalist and a poet. The brochure for the event, which contains more detailed information and a registration form, may be downloaded below.
The following story ran on the website GoErie.com on February 28, 2018: "Five representatives from the Erie Benedictines for Peace were among about 40 Catholic nuns and leaders who were arrested Tuesday in Washington, D.C. at a rally calling for immigration reform." To read more of this story, follow this link.
The Winter 2018 NAABOD Newsletter is now available via the link below. In the section on the World Congress presentations, you can click on the links access tm.
The Conference of Benedictine Prioresses gathered for its annual assembly in Cullman, AL at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center from Feb 1-7, 2018. As always it was a great opportunity for the CBP members to share with one another and encourage one another in the ministry of leading monasteries. It wasn’t all work – at the end of the week together, there was a grand Mardi Gras celebration including Cajun food and a Dixieland jazz band providing great entertainment and an opportunity for dancing and fun.”
The Federation of St. Scholastica gives thanks for the life, leadership and service of Sister Johnette Putnam. May she be rejoicing in heaven.
Thank you, Johnette!
The following obituary and photo are from the Mt. St. Scholastica website (www.mountosb.org)
June 2, 1933 - February 4, 2018
Sister Johnette Putnam, OSB, 84, a Benedictine sister of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kans., died Sunday, February 4, 2018, at the monastery. The vigil service will be Thursday, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the monastery chapel and the Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated there Friday, February 9, at 10:30 a.m.
Born in New Orleans, La., Sister Johnette was a member of St. Scholastica Priory in Covington, La., until it closed in 1988 and she transferred to Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison. She taught in grade schools in Louisiana and was a principal for several years. From 1958 to 1968, she taught at St. Joseph High School in Chauvin, La., and St. Scholastica Academy in Covington, La. She held a B.A. in English from Mount St. Scholastica College, M.A. in theology from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., and an honorary doctorate from Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D. In 1968, she was elected prioress in Covington and in 1978 became president of the Federation of St. Scholastica, an organization of Benedictine monasteries. She held this position for 12 years and then was a retreat director at Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, Ala., before moving to Atchison. There she served as director of Sophia Center from 1992 to 2003 and helped launch Souljourners, an ecumenical program for training spiritual directors at Sophia Center. She wrote many articles and gave lectures and workshops on monastic life, community leadership, liturgy, and spirituality.
Sister Johnette was preceded in death by her parents Gorham and Georgiana Serpas Putnam, by her brothers Charles, Joseph and S. Jerome, and a sister, Emilie Nicaud. She is survived by her twin brother John (Dot) of Tierra Verde, Fla., nieces and nephews, and her monastic family. Arensberg Pruett Funeral Home (www.arensbergpruett.com) is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica or made online at the Mount's web site (www.mountosb.org).
Our Lenten Reflections on Fasting and Feasting will begin on Ash Wednesday and continue each Wednesday in Lent, offering suggestions for prayer, reflection and intentional action.
Emmanuel Monastery, Lutherville, MD
St. Benedict Monastery, Bristow, VA
St. Gertrude Monastery, Ridgely, MD
Freelance writer Olivia Overman contributed an article to the Prince William Living magazine/website noting the 150th anniversary of the community's founding. To see the article, click here.
On Sunday, October 15th, Sister Barbara Austin of Tulsa, OK was installed as the Administrator for the Benedictine Sisters at Queen of Angels Monastery in Liberty, MO. Sister Barbara received a blessing from Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, Federation President, as well as from each member of the Liberty community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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