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.
Wed 5 Mar, 2014
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Monastery Creations, San Benito, Volunteers
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.
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.
Thu 27 Feb, 2014
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Oblate, Sister Lenora Black, Tucson
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.
Patty Williams (far right), dean of the Phoenix oblate chapter, presents Benedictine medals to the new candidates.
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 BenedictineOblates.com.
Wed 12 Feb, 2014
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Catholic Schools Week, Clyde, St. Gregory's School
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.
Tue 4 Feb, 2014
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, San Benito, Sister Gladys, Sister Hope, Sister Regina
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
Wed 29 Jan, 2014
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Mary Sheridan, Oral History, Sister Audrey
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.
Thu 23 Jan, 2014
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Clyde, Employee Dinner, Sister Jane, Sister Pat, Sister Rita, Tom Burgoon
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.
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.
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.
Wed 22 Jan, 2014
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Jefferson High School, Our Lady of Rickenbach, Sister Benita
A little late on posting this one, but it’s too cute not to share…
Sisters at Our Lady of Rickenbach in Clyde, Mo., enjoyed a round of Christmas celebrations in December. Carolers from nearby Jefferson High School delighted the Sisters with Christmas folk music and classical selections. The Sisters were also visited by area kindergarten students.
Sister Virginia Anne, OLR director, said:
“The fourteen of them sat on the floor all around the Sisters and listened to a Christmas story read by their teacher. “The Sparkling Box” was its title. They later presented us with gifts and the story book together with a “Sparkling Box,” which we were told not to open until Christmas. And what a surprise it was! It held individual notes written by the children telling of specific acts of kindness they did as a special gift to the Sisters!
(Such as: “I let my little borther use my toys” … “I cleaned my room when Mom asked me to” … “I gave my candy to my sister,” etc.)
It was inspiring to see how the teacher was reaching out to her students with such learnings!”
It is always such a joy to share in the lives of our neighbors and friends and to share the gift of friendship as these youngsters grow into remarkable people.
Tue 21 Jan, 2014
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Clyde, Final Monastic Profession, Sister Maria Victoria, Sister Pat
Prioress General Sister Pat asks Sister Maria Victoria a series of questions during her Rite of Final Monastic Profession on Saturday.
Sister Maria Victoria Cutaia, OSB made her final monastic profession during a ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Adoration Chapel of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration’s Clyde, Mo., community.
In front of friends, family and her monastic community, Sister Maria Victoria professed her life to God in exchange for the promise of eternal life. She signed her profession document, a written promise of her life to God and to the community vows of stability, conversatio and obedience and received her ring, a symbol that nothing can come between her and her love of Christ.
Sister Maria Victoria, a native of Argentina, moved to the United States with her family when she was 3 years old. She was raised in Metairie, La., a large suburb of New Orleans. She entered the Benedictine Sisters in 2007 and made her first monastic profession in 2011. Her duties include work in the correspondence department and as a portress of the Clyde community.
For more photos, please visit our Facebook page here.
Tue 14 Jan, 2014
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Bishop Kicanas, Liturgical Vestments, Sister Joy Ann, Sister Mary Jane, Sister Patricia, St. Mark's Catholic Church, Tucson
Our Liturgical Vestments Department headquartered at our Tucson, Ariz., monastery recently completed a grand order for St. Mark’s Catholic Church for its Dedication Ceremony on Jan. 26.
Director Sister Mary Jane (left) is joined by Sister Patricia, who along with Sister Joy Ann, crafted seven priests’ vestments, 20 stoles (3 are shown) and Bishop Kicanas’ mitre.
It is a blessing for us to offer this ministry as part of our monastic life. To learn more about our Liturgical Vestments Department, which includes custom-made ordering, please visit us online. Sister Mary Jane would love to hear from you!