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.
Our new video

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
Forty babies arrive at the Formosa orphanage
January 1964
The orphanage in Formosa