By Sister Marianne Burkhard, OSB
Sister Marianne serves as a Canon Lawyer in the Peoria diocese, helping restore sacramental life for those who are divorced. “Once people come to us, they should know that they’ve come through the worst. They’ve survived and grown and come to a better place. To visit that failed marriage again will promote more healing. We want to help them achieve that. We want to help bring them back to the sacraments.”
Looking over my 23 years of working in the marriage Tribunal, the first important lesson is a very Benedictine one: Listen! Continue Reading
By Sr. Stefanie MacDonald, OSB
I have just started to read Following the Path – The search for a Life of Passion, Purpose and Joy by Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB. The first chapter starts with a discussion on happiness.
Here are 4 things we know about happiness: Continue Reading
Recently one of our Facebook fans asked us to talk about our ministries. It’s actually a complicated request!
The Benedictines weren’t founded to teach, care for the poor or nurse the ill, as most apostolic orders were. They were founded by St. Benedict to seek God. Continue Reading
Angie* had lost her job and was five days away from losing her apartment. She and her three kids – ages 11, 8 and 4 – were soon to be out on the street, hungry, cold and scared. She sat across from the Project NOW outreach worker and held her breath.
Angie had nowhere else to turn. Continue Reading
When Sister Mary Core’s youth group began hatching a plan to stay overnight at Camp Loud Thunder along the Mississippi River in Illinois, she knew who to call for help. Sister Stefanie MacDonald loved to camp; she had taken her nephews every chance she got. But now that her nephews were grown – and her own students were just preschoolers – Sr. Stefanie missed cooking and sleeping outdoors.
So when Sr. Mary asked her to help out, Sr. Stefanie said yes. Together with 9 youth group members – and a few parents and siblings – they created a delicious, fun, Benedictine and memorable experience. Continue Reading
Don’t miss the Catholic Post’s wonderful article (and photo, at left) about Sister Bobbi’s campus ministry at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill!. It’s on page 24 of the electronic newspaper. Here’s the link: http://www.thecatholicpostnewspaper.com/WebProject.asp?CodeId=18.104.22.168&BookCode#
Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB and her principal were on their way to visit a family who was requesting to place their 5-year-old son in Sister Mary Jane’s kindergarten class.
Although such home visits were not uncommon, this one was different. In fact, the two educators were quite nervous.
They were being asked to admit a child with no arms. Continue Reading
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
Sister Mary Core’s parish youth group recently spent a week teaching, guiding and playing with young kids in Davenport’s inner city. Here’s a peek into one of their afternoons, as part of occasional series of stories about Benedictine Sisters’ ministries.
Walk through the front door of this tiny aluminum sided house and you see kids of every age playing games, coloring, laughing and squabbling. You hear a din of voices. And today you smell … cake. Continue Reading