Sister Michaela Hedican, Prioress of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, MN and former President of the Federation of St. Benedict, was honored by Our Sunday Visitor. She was named one of the outstanding Catholics of the Year 2016 for her response, along with St. Cloud Bishop Donald Kettler, for rapid and compassionate response to the ISIS-related stabbing in Crossroads Mall and on-going work to strengthen Muslim-Christian relationships in the region.
Our Sunday Visitor chose a number of well- and less-known figures, honoring them for their special qualities of leadership.
The Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery have been forwarding money from generous donors to Sister Gaudensia Mwanyika of St. Gertrude Convent in Imiliwaha, Tanzania, to help build her dream of a school for handicapped children.
The latest donations will pay for furniture and teaching supplies so that the school can open on time — January 16, 2017.
In Tanzania, handicapped children are not allowed to attend school. This will be the first school built for these children who have physical or learning challenges.
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.”
On November 19, 2016, the sisters of Annunciation Monastery gathered to wrap gifts and pack bags to be sent to two orphanages and a special needs home for teens and adults in Piedras Negras, Mexico. Sisters Hannah Vanorny and Idelle Badt and others from the Benedictine Volunteers program participated in an immersion mission trip this past May. They worked with Sister Ursula, a Benedictine Sister of St. Scholastica Monastery, Boerne, TX, who resides in Eagle Pass, TX. There was quite a buzz of activity in the community room as sisters sorted, wrapped, and packed gifts while others wrote notes in Spanish for the children and adults receiving the gifts. The project concluded the sisters’ ongoing formation study of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Sister Stephanie, Sister Rita, and Sister Nicole
Sister Stephanie, Sister Rita, and Affiliate Krista
The Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Bismarck, ND, met on Saturday, October 22, 2016, to discuss and approve their four year plan. Work on the plan began in August 2015 and was helpful as they discerned and elected a prioress in April 2016. The five main areas of the plan are community life, leadership, membership, ministries, and sponsorship.
The sisters are pictured in the community room of the monastery.
On Friday, October 14, the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth Minnesota, attended the inauguration of Colette McCarrick Geary, Ph.D. as the 12thpresident of The College of St. Scholastica. The inaugural Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend Paul Sirba, Bishop of the Duluth Diocese; the Right Reverend John Klassen, OSB, Abbot of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville; and priests of the Duluth Diocese.
Sister Mary Josephine Torborg read the first Scripture reading at the Eucharist.
Many Sisters came to witness the Inauguration.
Sister Kathleen Del Monte, Associate Vice President of Mission Integration, offered the Invocation.
Sr. Beverly Raway, Prioress, greeted Dr. Geary on behalf of the Sisters.
Here is Doctor Colette McGarrick Geary, 12th president of The College of St. Scholastica
On May 7, 2015 the former St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School in Nassau, Bahamas was re-named the Sister Annie Thompson Preschool. Sister Annie, who is pictured above 2nd from left, has been a member of Saint Martin Monastery, Nassau, since 1962. The ceremony was held amidst dignitaries, family, friends and well-wishers who came to the campus to view the state-of-the-art preschool.
Prime Minister Perry Christie officially renamed the school in recognition of all that Sister Annie has done for education in the Bahamas over many years. Sister Annie had served for many years as Principal of St. Bede’s Roman Catholic School beginning in 1970.
The preschool was established in 2013 and has been extensively renovated by the Bahamian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, in order to insure that it will provide the best education possible for the young students who will receive there an early foundation for academic learning. The Minister of Education, Jerome Fitzgerald, called it ‘The most modern and beautiful preschool in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.”
Prime Minister Christie spoke highly of Sister Annie, calling her a “woman of exceptional character” and thanking her for her contributions to the country through many disciplines. “You have used your life to the development of the human spirit and whether through music, sports or religion, you have tapped into the hearts and minds of so many of our citizens,” Christie said.
We congratulate Sister Annie and her community for their extensive and continuous contributions to the on-going education of so many students and adults on the islands of the Bahamas!
[quotes and information found in EdWorld Bahamas, May 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 3 and The Bahamas Weekly]