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.

Lenten Rituals


During Lent  at St. Paul’s Monastery we observe a tradition of each member choosing a special book for her spiritual reading.   The book will enrich her prayer and  unite the community in a special way to celebrate the Paschal Mystery.   On Ash Wednesday the books are blessed.  We  are united with you in prayer and wish a blessed Lenten season to you all.   We invite you to share with us here your special Lenten traditions.

Lent期間中、セントポール修道院で、私たちは霊的な読書のために特別な本を選ぶ各メンバーの伝統を観察します。本は彼女の祈りを豊かにして、Paschal Mysteryを祝うために特別な方法で地域社会を結びつけます。灰の水曜日に本は祝福されています。私たちは祈りの中であなたと団結しており、皆さんに祝福されたレンテンの季節を願っています。私たちとあなたの特別なLentenの伝統を共有してください。

Durante la Cuaresma, en el Monasterio de San Pablo observamos la tradición de cada hermana que elige un libro especial para su lectura espiritual. El libro enriquecerá su oración y unirá a la comunidad de una manera especial para celebrar el Misterio Pascual. El miércoles de ceniza los libros son bendecidos. Nos unimos a ustedes en oración y deseamos una bendita temporada de Cuaresma para todos ustedes. Le invitamos a compartir con nosotros aquí sus tradiciones especiales de Cuaresma.

在四旬期期間,在聖保羅修道院,我們觀察到每個成員為她的精神閱讀選擇一本特別的書的傳統。這本書將豐富她的祈禱,並以特殊的方式團結社區,以慶祝逾越奧秘。在星期三的灰燼上,書籍很幸運。我們在禱告中與你們團結在一起,祝你們一個受祝福的四旬期。我們邀請您在這裡與我們分享您特別的Lenten傳統。