Mother Benedicta (Sybilla) Riepp, OSB
Foundress of Benedictine Women in America
Born in Waal, Bavaria, Germany in 1825
Came to Pennsylvania from St. Walburg Abbey in Eichstatt, Bavaria in 1852
Arrived in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1858
By the time of her death in 1862, Benedictine convents had been founded in St. Marys and Erie, Pennsylvania; Newark, New Jersey, and St. Cloud, Minnesota; Covington, Kentucky; and Chicago, Illinois.