Introducing your new Benedictine vocation director!

Benedictine Sisters Jackie Walsh Claudia Scharf Catherine Cleary Susan Hutchens (piano) Stefanie MacDonald at LaudsYou may recognize Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB (far right) from past stories and photos. She entered in 2007 and has kept a blog for the past few years about her adorable preschoolers.

Beginning this August, she has agreed to take over vocation ministry, so she will be your Benedictine guide.

You’ll love her openness, humor, gentleness and willingness to be there for you. Here’s your first chance to get to know her a bit! Continue Reading

Jesus’ Message? Life and Love

mj-and-preschoolerBy Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

He was sent not to die but to share the life and love that is the very essence of the Holy One-in-Three. – Sister Barbara Reid, OP

I read this recently, and it has stuck with me for a couple of reasons.

First, Abbot Jerome Kodell, OSB invited us to consider something similar during our summer retreat. He said we can over-focus on the cross and the suffering and pain Jesus went through. That yes, Jesus’ pain is part of the story, but only part. Continue Reading