Mother Benedicta Riepp

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.

2 thoughts on “Mother Benedicta Riepp

  1. How delightful to receive this as I am reading Sister Ephrem’s new book, LIKE A MUSTARD SEED, and in light of the first chapters, touching up my notes in Spanish for my class about our own community’s history. We also blossom from that little mustard seed sown in St. Marys, PA. so many years ago….and from there to St. Cloud, to Atchison, to Mexico City to Torreon! Thanks so much!
    Patricia Henry, o.s.b., Monasterio Pan de Vida, Torreon, Coahuila


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