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.