Sister Marva Coakley was installed as the fifth Prioress of St. Martin Monastery, Nassau, The Bahamas on May 18, 2018. Sister Kerry O’Reilly, President of the Federation, presided over the installation at which all members of the community were present as well as family, friends of the community and coworkers of Sister Marva.
Sister Annie Thompson transfers authority to Sister Marva during the Installation when she gives her the Rule of Benedict and the Mission Statement of the monastery.
The Sisters’ discernment process culminated in three days of discernment/reflection facilitated by Sister Aileen Bankemper.
Sister Marva has been active in education for many years and will complete the school year as she begins her term of four years. The prioresses and delegates will have the pleasure of meeting her when she arrives for the Federation Chapter in July of this year.
We Sisters here at Annunciation Monastery in Bismarck, ND, are getting ready to host Sister delegates and others from all of our member monasteries at our triennial Federation Chapter meeting this July! Sister Nancy Gunderson (Bismarck) created this beautiful image for us to reflect on as we discuss and think about our theme: Walking into the Future: Tending the Benedictine Charism. We can’t wait to see everyone!
¡Las Hermanas aquí en el Monasterio de la Anunciación en Bismarck, Dakota del Norte, nos estamos preparando para recibir a las Hermanas Delegadas y otras personas de todos nuestros monasterios miembros en nuestra reunión trienal del Capítulo de la Federación en julio! La hermana Nancy Gunderson (Bismarck) creó esta bella imagen para que reflexionemos mientras discutimos y pensamos en nuestro tema: Caminando hacia el futuro: cuidando el carisma benedictino. No podemos esperar para ver a todos!
In a little more than 10 weeks, delegates from all of our monasteries will be together. We speak four languages. Yet we want to feel united in one Federation.
There is still time to learn at least a few phrases from the three languages that are not our native tongue. Memrise is a free resource that will help us do that, no matter which language is our native tongue. (The Pro version has more resources and charges a fee.)
Choose your native language in the upper right hand corner. Choose the language(s) you want to work on in in the drop-down menu, or from images that appear on the screen. The lessons are simple. They focus on hearing and speaking, especially if you choose a “no script” set of lessons.
For sisters with smartphones, there are free iPhone and Android apps so you can practice on the go. Or you can work with the website.
En poco más de 10 semanas, los delegados de todos nuestros monasterios estarán juntos. Hablamos cuatro idiomas. Sin embargo, queremos sentirnos unidos en una Federación.
Todavía hay tiempo para aprender al menos algunas frases de los tres idiomas que no son nuestra lengua materna. Memrise es un recurso gratuito que nos ayudará a hacer eso, sin importar qué idioma sea nuestra lengua nativa. (La versión Pro tiene más recursos y cobra una tarifa).
Elija su idioma nativo en la esquina superior derecha. Elija los idiomas en los que desea trabajar en el menú desplegable o de las imágenes que aparecen en la pantalla. Las lecciones son simples Se enfocan en escuchar y hablar, especialmente si eliges un conjunto de lecciones “sin guiones”.
Para las hermanas con teléfonos inteligentes, hay aplicaciones gratuitas de iPhone y Android para que pueda practicar sobre la marcha. O puede trabajar con el sitio web.
Our new WordPress blog offers automatic Google translations. These are far from perfect because they are computer-made. Google Translate is easily confused by idioms. However, the automatic translation is usually good enough to understand something of what was written.
Translation is available into dozens of languages, perhaps some you may not have heard or seen before. The image below shows the current list of Google Translate options, and they are updated often.
We have been an international federation. Now we are an international blog as well.
Nuestro nuevo blog de WordPress ofrece traducciones automáticas de Google. Estos están lejos de ser perfectos porque son hechos por computadora. Google Translate es fácilmente confundido por los idiomas. Sin embargo, la traducción automática es generalmente lo suficientemente buena como para entender algo de lo que se escribió.
La traducción está disponible en docenas de idiomas, tal vez algunos que no han escuchado o visto antes. La siguiente imagen muestra la lista actual de las opciones de Google Traductor y se actualizan con frecuencia.
Hemos sido una federación internacional. Ahora somos un blog internacional también.
Visitators Sister Susan Hutchens, Sister Penny Bingham, President Sister Kerry O’Reilly, and Sister Edith Bogue are at St. Paul’s Monastery July 23-28 for visitation. “They are assisting us in discovering our future,” says Sister Paula Hagen, prioress of St. Paul’s Monastery.
The National Sports Hall of Fame is one of the avenues commissioned by the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture to demonstrate the nation’s appreciation for the past contributions made by athletes to the development of sport in our country.
“During Annie’s days at St. Francis grade school, she learned and got to love the game of basketball and also participated in track and field. It was here that her undying love for sports was developed…” She joined the convent of Benedictine Sisters in Minnesota. “On returning to the Bahamas, Sister Annie’s zeal for the world of sports continued. As Principal of St. Bede’s Primary school, Kemp Road, Sister Annie spent many hours preparing the students for track and field events and how to play the game of basketball. She was instrumental in obtaining the basketball court on the grounds of St. Bede’s school.”
“Sister Annie Thompson excelled as an athlete but the Benedictine sister’s most noteworthy achievement was the development of basketball at the youth level. She was integral in the formation of the Catholic Primary School Basketball League, which continues to be the premier outlet for youth basketball.”
Nineteen Benedictine sisters from three Federations and the Congregation of Missionary Benedictine Sisters gathered at St. Walburga Monastery in Elizabeth, NJ to be trained as facilitators for election of monastic leaders (prioresses). Three experienced facilitators – Sr Cecilia Dwyer (St Benedict Monastery, Bristow VA), Sr Mary Catherine Wenstrup (St Walburg Monastery, Covington KY), and Sr Joella Kidwell (Monastery Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand IN) – organized the three days of training. The participants studied – in detail -the document Discernment and Election of a Prioress in the Benedictine Tradition, revised by the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses in 2016, as well the theology and philosophy of discernment. They raised many practical questions, and discussed unusual situations and issues. The leaders shared dozens of ideas, stories and tips for organizing and carrying out the facilitation process and coordinating with Federation Presidents. They also suggested next steps so these sisters can gain experience in facilitation.
The workshop was organized and sponsored by the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses who recognized the need to enlarge the pool of trained and experienced facilitators.
Five sisters from the Federation of St Benedict participated in the workshop: President Kerry O’Reilly, two members of the Federation Council (Sisters Lisa Mauree and Edith Bogue), and Sisters Linda Soler (St Paul’s Monastery) and Sister Sharon Nohner (St Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, MN).
The Prioress of the monastic community is spiritual leader, guide and planner. Each monastery elects a prioress through a discernment process and also determines the length and number of terms. Three monasteries of the Federation had elections this year.
Saint Benedict Monastery in Taipei, Taiwan.
The Sisters met in discernment February 24 and 25 facilitated by Sister Kerry O’Reilly, President of the Federation, and Sister Josue Behnen of Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, MN. The canonical election was held February 26, 2016 and SISTER EMMANUEL HSIANG was elected to a second 6-year term. She was blessed by the community, oblates and friends. It was particularly festive with the presence of their Junior Sister, Sister Maria Sung, from their mission house. The community celebrated with a festive meal and entertainment by the newest members of the community.
When visiting Taiwan the flight connects in Tokyo, Japan so a visit to the Sisters at Saint Benedict’sMonastery, Muroran, Japan was in order!
St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, IL
also had a re-election on April 3, 2016. SISTER SANDRA BRUNENN was elected by her community to serve a second term of four years. The Benedictine way is to take time for discernment – creating an atmosphere within the house and within the community members of quiet and deep listening. Who is God calling to leadership at this time? What are community members hearing? What can they share about the Sisters raised up for consideration for leadership? A Formal election takes place only after the community seems to develop a broad consensus.
Annunciation Monastery in Bismarck, ND
Following two re-elections, Annunciation Monastery in Bismarck, ND elected SISTER NICOLE KUNZE to a first term of 4 years on April 9. A community begins thinking about the future long before the election as it prepares Direction Statements. The Sisters ask themselves what is our hope for the future and where is our energy for that future? Where would we like to be four years from now? As they discuss that and formulate general statements it becomes a basis for what kind of skills and gifts would be help move the statements to reality.
Conference of Benedictine Prioresses
The position of prioress is challenging and can be overwhelming even as it has rewards. Benedictine Prioresses from around the country meet once a year for sharing and support and quiet time together. This year’s gathering was held in January at Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana.
Gathering of Professed Benedictines 55 and Under
One privilege of a Federation President is getting to know many Sisters from other Federations. The Sisters from all the Federations and Congregation 55 years old and Under meet every three years and 2016 was one of those years. The presidents are invited to attend and share thoughts. It is a privilege. The energy was high as Sisters recalled formation gatherings they shared, as the theme of Collaboration was explored by Sister Aileen Bankemper of St. Walburga Monastery, and time was given to explore Indianapolis, IN where our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, is located.