Q and A: Sister Stefanie on family, ministry, daily life

You entered in your 30s, after establishing your career, enjoying life in your own apartment with your own stuff, being active in your parish. You had a lot of friends and could go out with them any time. You also were very active in your family, taking your nephews on adventures and vacations whenever you wished. How did entering the convent change or affect this?

I did go home less, but that’s true of whatever new family you become a part of. That said, my birth family is very important to me. I chose this community in part because it was welcoming of family involvement. I quit discerning with another community because it only allowed limited contact with birth families. Continue Reading

Letting go to hold on

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

As of Monday morning our dear Sister Cabrini passed away and is now with the angels in heaven.

Insights from The Road to Eternal Life by Michael Casey are helping me. (I know some of you are thinking will she ever finish that book – but Wow! The thoughts and ideas are wonderful and I am drinking it in).

Michael says, “First comes attachment and only then detachment, not the other way round.” This is so very true. Continue Reading

Sister Cabrini Rael, OSB 1928-2013

Sister Cabrini A. Rael O.S.B., 85, of St Mary Monastery, Rock Island, died Monday, October 14, 2013 at UnityPoint Health-Trinity, Rock Island.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Thursday in the Chapel of St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., Rock Island. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.

Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Continue Reading