From the Diary of Saint Placid Priory

Sister Laura Swan, from Saint Placid Priory, writes: “I was repairing diaries damaged in our great flood of 2019 when I encountered these photos, taken September 1966. Sisters Jose, Josue, and Mother Richarda visited our new priory on their way to the “Orient” and several photos at the site of the Formosa (now Taiwan) mission. The orphanage is now their retreat house. 
September 1966
Sister Jose and Sister Josue and Mother Richarda at Saint Placid Priory
January 1964
Sisters Anelda, Loraine, Ronayne, and Jacinta
at the Formosa (Taiwan) orphanage
1964
Forty babies arrive at the Formosa orphanage
January 1964
The orphanage in Formosa

Conference of Benedictine Prioresses 2020

The Conference of Benedictine Prioresses held their annual meeting from January 28 – February 3, 2020 at Sacred Heart Monastery, in Yankton, South Dakota. The theme for the meeting was “Called To Serve”. In addition to the business meeting, the prioresses and presidents had two days of retreat with Sister Michaela Hedican of St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, MN. The topic of Sister Michaela’s retreat was the Sermon on the Mount and Leadership.

Sister Susan Rudolph, prioress of St. Benedict’s Monastery, was elected to the CBP Coordinating Committee for a three year term. Sister Nicole Kunze, prioress of Annunciation Monastery, Bismarck, ND, completed her term on the coordinating committee and will continue to serve as treasurer for the group. Sister Aileen Bankemper, St. Walburg’s Monastery, Covington, KY was elected chair of the committee.

Sister Kerry O’Reilly, President of the Federation of St. Benedict, giving a presentation.Sr. Kerry O’Reilly giving a presentation at the business meeting.

L to R: Nicole Kunze (Annunciation, Bismarck, ND), Sandra Brunenn (St. Mary, Rock Island, IL), Catherine Nehotte (St. Paul, St. Paul, MN), Kerry O’Reilly (Federation President), Susan Rudolph (St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN), Marva Coakley (St. Martin, Bahamas)

L to R: Sandra Brunenn, Marva Coakley, Nicole Kunze, Catherine Nehotte, Susan Rudolph, Michaela Hedican, Kerry O’Reilly

AFBC 2019

The American Benedictine Formation Conference Symposium at Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton, SD May 5-10, 2019.  ABFC is attended by those in initial and ongoing formation ministry, as well as vocation ministry at women’s Benedictine monasteries throughout the country, including members of the Federation of Saint Benedict.AFBC 2019.

Hearts filled with Hope

Centennial Celebration at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Crookston, Minnesota

Members of the Federation of St. Benedict were present for the Centennial Celebration of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery on Good Shepherd Sunday. Pictured here are Sister Susan Rudolph, Sister Beverly Raway, Sister Shawn Caruth (prioress of Mount Saint Benedict), Sister Catherine Nehotte, Sister Jacqueline Leiter, Sister Mary Weidner, and Sister Danile Lynch.

Mount Saint Benedict Monastery is a founding member of the Federation of Saint Gertrude and a daughter house of our own Saint Scholastica Monastery in Duluth. The monastery was founded on Good Shepherd Sunday 1919.

St. Paul’s Monastery Installation of Prioress and Blessing of Leadership

With joy  our community celebrated the installation of Sister Catherine Nehotte as twelfth prioress of St. Paul’s Monastery and the Blessing of Leadership on May 5. Sister Kerry O’Reilly, Federation President, presided over the installation. We were grateful for the presence of family members, friends, and dear Sisters from our Federation.

Sister Catherine and Sister Kerry

New leadership team of St. Paul’s Monastery:  Sister Linda Soler, Sister Mary White, Sister Catherine Nehotte, and Sister Jacqueline Leiter

Sister Catherine shares a moment and a smile with seven of our former prioresses.  We are grateful for the many women of wisdom in our community.  That in all things, God may be glorified!

Community Service

Sister Linda Soler worked with students from Hill Murray School to fill and place sandbags near the St. Croix River in Stillwater, MN. After abundant winter snows and heavy spring rains, there is a danger of flooding near our rivers. At St. Paul’s Monastery we are safe from the rising waters. We ask for your prayers for all those who are impacted by flooding.

With Grateful Hearts

Discernment and Election at St. Paul’s Monastery

The Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery were blessed during their discernment for election by the presence of three wise women: Sister Lynn McKenzie, election facilitator, and Sister Kerry O’Reilly, Federation President, and Sister Sharon Nohner, election observer. We are grateful for your prayers during our time of discernment.

After prayer and discernment, the Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery joyfully announce the election of Sister Catherine Nehotte as their twelfth prioress. Installation will take place on May 5, 2019.