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Welcome to our Sacred Stones, Sacred Stories blog site. Through it we hope to post updates on our monastery renovation project so you can follow its progress from beginning to end.

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Sister Audrey

The Sisters at Our Lady of Rickenbach, our healthcare facility located on the campus of our Clyde, Mo., monastery, recently honored Sister Audrey Jones, OSB.

Sister Audrey, who has served as pastoral minister of OLR since 2011, has taken a new assignment in the archives. There she will assist archivist Sister Marietta Crahan, OSB in preparation of our General Chapter, the important meeting we hold every six years to elect Congregational leadership and to decide on a multitude of items related to our monastic lives.

OLR Director Sister Virginia Argenziano, OSB said, “Sister Audrey was always ready to help, to listen and just be present to whatever the need would be. We will miss her everyday presence but will keep her in prayer as she embarks on this new assignment for the Congregation and the Sisters.”

Sister Audrey’s new position means she will continue to reside in Clyde since the main archives are located at the Congregation’s motherhouse.

Benedictine Sister Ginny (left) and Clyde Prioress Sister Rita Clair light the candles on Sister Denise’s cake during the celebration of her 90th birthday on March 26.

Earlier in the month, the community also honored Sister Lucilla for her 90th birthday during a celebration of March birthdays at Our Lady of Rickenbach.

Many thanks to our dear friends, the Redmonds, for the gift of wonderful desserts!

Since our largest solar panel array began operating almost two years ago, our Tucson, Ariz., monastery has been thrilled with the results.


We use 85 percent less energy from the power company since we installed the solar panels.

Because of this reduction, the power company has saved:

258,640 gallons of water

9,162 trees

over 245 tons of coals.

We think St. Benedict would be proud of our commitment to God’s resources.

Sisters of our San Benito Monastery in Dayton, Wyo., hosted two lunches to thank volunteers who assist us with Monastery Creations and with sales opportunities at area bazaars.

Volunteers include Frank and Jan Sterbenz and Maxine Moriarty.

Darlene Kiester and Ramona Mecham


Maxine Moriarty, Ramona Mecham and Jan Maier

Also honored were Alice Wicks, Barbara Ransbottom, Pearl Kukuchka, Carol Althauser, Bessie Green, Cathy Fortier and Mary Ann Fiedor. We express our deepest gratitude to these dear friends and for the blessings God had given us for bringing them into our lives. Because of their help in selling our handcrafted products, we are able to support our monastic lives of prayer.

In January, the Tucson, Ariz., Benedictine Sisters hosted their Oblate Renewal Day, celebrating those making their oblation at the Tucson Monastery.

Oblates of the Tucson Monastery renew their oblation.

During the monastery’s Day Hour, oblates renewed their oblation, three new candidates were enrolled to begin their year of preparation for oblation and six candidates made their oblation.

New Tucson Oblates are Kellyanne Hale, Kitty Tobin, Mayola McCrary and Barbara Isaacson from Tucson, together with Lisa Hughes and Christine DuBois from Phoenix. New candidates are Beverly Gonda and Father Pete Forbes from Tucson, and Michele Headrick from Phoenix.

Mayola McCrary signs her oblation document at the altar while Sister Lenora Black, oblate director, looks on.

Patty Williams (far right), dean of the Phoenix oblate chapter, presents Benedictine medals to the new candidates.

The new oblates are presented to the community and everyone in attendance.

Oblate Michael Schroeder

Michael Schroeder, a member of the Phoenix East Valley oblate chapter, was the community’s representative to the Third World Congress of Oblates in Rome in October. He expressed his joy in meeting oblates from around the world and shared photos and slides about the experience.

We sincerely thank Barbara Singer for taking photos of the wonderful day.

For more information about Benedictine oblates, please visit

Students at St. Gregory’s School in Maryville recently celebrated Catholic Schools Week. As part of their festivities, they created cards for our Sisters in Clyde, Mo.

Each year, we host the second graders as a visit in preparation for their First Communion. They tour our monastery and learn about our altar bread ministry.

It is always such a joy and a blessing to share in their lives – and they in ours.

Our San Benito Sisters in Dayton, Wyo., had a lovely Christmas dinner with several friends.

(From left) Sister Hope and friends Jeanette and Louis West

The day began with a small gathering, including Sister Gladys’ wonderful cinnamon rolls. Lauds followed then Mass at St. Edmund’s and finally a terrific meal with wonderful friends!

Sister Regina (left) and Jean McCabe

Jean McCabe and Sister Gladys

Preserving our Sisters’ stories – or any stories from those who have gained wisdom during their lifetimes – is so important to us and to society as a whole.


Volunteer Mary Sheridan (right) sits down to visit with Sister Audrey to learn her oral history and to preserve it for generations to come.

We are immensely grateful to friend Mary Sheridan. The retired social welfare history university teacher has volunteered her time with us since 1999.

Her most recent project has been to record conversations with our Sisters. She then transcribes the interviews and provides us with an audio copy and a written transcript. This takes countless of hours to complete!

When asked why she does it, she said, “I am convinced that some day a historian is going to knock on the door and want to know about religious life in the old days.”

Mary also enjoys reading and quilting. She is so gracious and delightful and such a blessing to us.

There were tricks along with treats at the annual Employee Dinner hosted by the Benedictine Sisters in Clyde, Mo.

As a special treat this year, the Sisters invited Tom Burgoon, a Kansas City-based comedian, magician and hypnotist, to entertain lay employees and Sisters.

Clyde Prioress Sister Rita and Performer Tom Burgoon

Tom has traveled coast to coast (and on cruise lines), amazing and astounding audiences with his unique blend of humor and magic. He has also performed for a U.S. president, at a myriad of corporate events and at the esteemed Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Audience participation is key to a good trick!

Sister Pat (seated center) and Sister Jane (far right) wait to see what Tom reveals in his next trick.


Pick a card, any card.

Tom has an amazing gift, and we are so grateful he shared his talents with us. It was a day full of laughter and friendship, an enjoyable way to share in fellowship with our treasured employees.

Catch Tom on his latest tour – Masters of Illusion.

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