Called to be Sowers of God’s Words


By Sister Marianne Burkhard, OSB

Watching Pope Francis on his visit to the United States, I marveled at his finding the right words and the right tone for all the different audiences.

One of the commentators, David Brooks from the New York Times, said he was sure that the Pope’s visit brought many people estranged from the Church back to a church, to a Mass, and that their seeing and hearing him might actually change their lives. Continue Reading

Stability: Falling Down and Getting Up … Together


By Sister Marlene Miller, OSB

Stability is one of 3 promises Catholic Benedictine women and men make at our final monastic profession.

The vow of stability is to the Sisters to whom we have promised to live, pray, support, and work with, in good times and bad, in sickness and health, into eternal life. Continue Reading

Reflection on the Life of Sister Michelle Rheinlander, OSB


Jubilarians gather for a photo in 2012. Back row, l-r: Sisters Sandra Brunenn, Margaret Suerth, Martina Brinkschroeder; front row, l-r: Jozefa Seskar, Michelle Rheinlander.

By Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB

“Come, you whom my Father has blessed, says the Lord; Inherit the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.”

Truly, Sister Michelle has been blessed by God … and in turn she has been a blessing to each of us and the countless numbers of people she has served. Continue Reading

Don’t let fear of change stop you from listening!


By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Ugh! I hate change … and I bet you do, too (at least sometimes).

Every time our curriculum or policies or procedures change at school (unless I’m the one suggesting the changes :)), I think, Do I have to?

And every time I am hit with an idea that means I have to change ME, well, I try to get the idea right out of my head. Continue Reading

Staying Faithful to Our Promises

By Sister Marianne Burkhard, OSB

marianne-portraitRecently I celebrated the Silver Jubilee of my monastic profession – an occasion to reflect about time.

25 years – where have they gone? How did I get through them – the good, the bad and the indifferent?

How do we get through the rough places in our lives?  Continue Reading