Rum Cakes and Coconut Candy: President of Monastic Congregation Visits Member Monasteries in Puerto Rico and Bahamas

January 11, 2023

Sister Nancy Bauer, OSB, visited two of the “island monasteries” of the Monastic Congregation of St. Benedict in December. Sister Nancy arrived at Monasterio Santa Escolastica in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 6, and traveled from there to St. Martin Monastery, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas, on December 10. These were Sister Nancy’s first visits to the Caribbean monasteries in her role as president of the monastic congregation. These were not official visitations but rather opportunities for Sister Nancy to become reacquainted with the sisters in the two communities.

The six members of Monasterio Santa Escolastica extended warm Benedictine hospitality to Sister Nancy. Their dog, Suzie, greeted her with a few growls before warming up to her after receiving some treats directly from the president’s hand.

Sister Nancy accompanied Sister Mary Ruth Santana to Colegio San Benito, the school founded by the sisters in Humacao and now directed by Sister Mary Ruth. Sister Nancy had the chance to cheer on the girls’ volleyball team, visit classrooms, stop in at the nurse’s office which is staffed by Sister Maria Ramos Feliciano, and even sell hot dogs at the Myriam Pacheco Event, a track and field competition named in honor of the late Sister Myriam Pacheco. She also witnessed the damage to the school buildings from Hurricanes Maria and Fiona and learned that the school has not yet received grants from FEMA that were promised after Hurricane Maria in 2017.

At the monastery, Sister Nancy enjoyed meals prepared by Sister Vivian Maldonada and chatted with Sister Angela Berrios about her novitiate classmates back at St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. She also became reacquainted with Sisters Carmen Davila and Margarita Rodriguez.

In Nassau, Sister Marva Coakley, prioress of St. Martin Monastery, fetched Sister Nancy from the airport. When they arrived at the monastery, Sister Annie Thompson was mixing a batch of her famous coconut and pineapple tarts, with the assistance of Sister Janis Coakley. In the next few days, Sister Agnes Johnson baked dozens of rum cakes to be distributed as Christmas gifts.

Many of the sisters, including Sister Ena Albury, recalled with fondness their earlier years in religious life when they lived at St. Benedict’s Monastery and attended the College of St. Benedict or taught in local parochial schools. Sister Mary Benedict Pratt toured Sister Nancy through the beautiful 200-year-old house that is now the monastery’s guest and retreat center.

Sister Nancy enjoyed conversations with Sister Clare Rolle, who had worked with AIDS patients, and caught up with Sister Agatha Hunt outside at the Marian grotto. She also visited Sisters Jacinta Neely and Vernice Wilson in the monastery infirmary.

Sister Nancy returned from the Caribbean to a white winter wonderland, with a package of coconut candies from Puerto Rico and a pair of rum cakes in her suitcase.

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

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.

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.

New Prioress for St. Martin Monastery

 

Marva

 

 

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.

Annie and 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.Aileen Facilitator.jpg

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.

 

Bismarck Sisters getting ready to host Federation gathering! ビスマルク姉妹は連邦議会の開催準備をしています! ¡Las hermanas Bismarck se preparan para acoger la reunión de la Federación! 俾斯麦姐妹会准备主办联邦聚会

logo for federation

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! 


ノースカロライナ州ビスマルクの慰霊碑修道院にある私たちの姉妹たちは、今年7月に開催される3年連盟のチャプター会議で、姉妹の代議員やその他のメンバー全員をホストする準備が整いました! ナンシー・ガンダーソン姉妹(ビスマルク)は、この未来への歩み:ベネディクト派のカリスマ主義をテーマにして、私たちが議論して考えるように、この美しいイメージを作り上げました。 みんなを見るのが待てない!


¡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!


我们在ND俾斯麦的报喜修道院的姐妹们正准备在今年七月的三年一度的联合会章会议上主持姐妹代表和其他所有会员寺庙的代表! 姐妹南茜冈德森(俾斯麦)创造了这个美丽的形象供我们思考,因为我们讨论和思考我们的主题:走进未来:趋向本笃会的魅力。 我们迫不及待地想见到每个人!

 

 

Welcome ようこそ Bienvenido 欢迎

MemriseIn 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.


在十多个星期的时间里,我们所有修道院的代表都会在一起。 我们讲四种语言。 然而,我们希望在一个联盟中感到团结。

还有时间去学习三种语言中至少有一些不是我们母语的短语。 Memrise是一个免费的资源,可以帮助我们做到这一点,不管我们的母语是哪种语言。 (Pro版本有更多资源并收取费用。)在右上角选择您的母语。 在下拉菜单中选择想要使用的语言,或从屏幕上显示的图像中选择要使用的语言。 课程很简单。 他们专注于听和说,特别是如果您选择了“无脚本”套课程。

对于拥有智能手机的姐妹们来说,这里有免费的iPhone和Android应用程序,您可以随时随地练习。 或者你可以使用网站。


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.


10週間も経たないうちに、すべての修道院の代表者が集まります。 私たちは4つの言語を話します。 しかし、我々は1つの連盟で団結していると感じたい。

私たちの母国語ではない3つの言語から、少なくともいくつかのフレーズを学ぶ時間はまだあります。 Memriseは、私たちの母国語である言語にかかわらず、私たちがそれを行うのに役立つ無料のリソースです。 (Pro版にはより多くのリソースがあり、料金がかかります。)

右上にあなたの母国語を選んでください。 プルダウンメニューで、または画面に表示される画像から、作業する言語を選択します。 レッスンは簡単です。 彼らは聴覚と会話に重点を置いています。特に、「スクリプトなし」のレッスンを選択すると、

スマートフォンを持つ姉妹には、無料のiPhoneアプリとAndroidアプリがあり、外出先でも練習できます。 または、ウェブサイトで作業することもできます。