Saint Benedict’s Monastery: Two Benedictine sisters will make their perpetual monastic profession in July

Sister Bridgette Powers and Sister Laura Suhr

Saint Benedict’s Monastery will welcome two new members when Sister Bridgette Powers and Sister Laura Suhr make perpetual monastic profession on Monday, July 11, 2022, the Feast of Saint Benedict. Making perpetual monastic profession means that S. Bridgette and S. Laura will commit to a lifelong journey of seeking God according to the Gospel and the Rule of Benedict in community, including commitment to stability, the monastic way of life, obedience, celibate chastity, and monastic poverty. The public is invited to celebrate this joyous occasion with the monastic community. The Rite of Perpetual Monastic Profession and Eucharist will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel. For more information, please call 320-363-7100 or visit http://www.sbm.osb.org

Annunciation Monastery celebrates 75th Anniversary

Annunciation Monastery was established as an independent monastic community in the Diocese of Bismarck on March 24, 1947 by papal decree. 140 sisters had volunteered as founding members in 1944.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary, our community hosted a Vespers Service on March 24, 2022 in Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel at the University of Mary, our former monastery building. A social followed. Sister Kerry O’Reilly, President of the Federation of St. Benedict, was present.

Sister Rosanne Zastoupil, Subprioress and Treasurer, standing next to one of our 75th Anniversary signs.
A photo from the Vespers Service – Sisters Nicole Kunze, Idelle Badt, and Krista Ferrell (L to R) in back row, Msgr. James Shea, President of the University of Mary, in front of the sisters.
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From the Diary of Saint Placid Priory

Sister Laura Swan, from Saint Placid Priory, writes: “I was repairing diaries damaged in our great flood of 2019 when I encountered these photos, taken September 1966. Sisters Jose, Josue, and Mother Richarda visited our new priory on their way to the “Orient” and several photos at the site of the Formosa (now Taiwan) mission. The orphanage is now their retreat house. 
September 1966
Sister Jose and Sister Josue and Mother Richarda at Saint Placid Priory
January 1964
Sisters Anelda, Loraine, Ronayne, and Jacinta
at the Formosa (Taiwan) orphanage
1964
Forty babies arrive at the Formosa orphanage
January 1964
The orphanage in Formosa