Alumnae News

By Shellie Owens, Class of ’68

From Spring Review 2018

Shellie with her golden retriever, Shelby.

I treasure the years I spent at Bent Hill Academy. The nurturing, the fun, and the love of other students and sisters significantly impacted my life journey. There have been great challenges and great blessings. 

After graduation, I attended Loretto Heights College in Denver and earned a degree in theology and education. I taught school in Denver for three years before moving to a women’s community (the Grail) near Cincinnati. The combination of values and influence from the Benedictines, the Sisters of Loretto and the Grail filled me with deep faith and a commitment to social justice, which continues to this day.

In 1977, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to obtain a nursing degree. I spent 30 years as a pediatric oncology nurse at the Stanford children’s hospital working with my heroes and my greatest teachers. I fell in love on the job every day! Due to health reasons, I retired early. However, I am now doing well and enjoying life with my wonderful golden retriever, Shelby. I am grateful.

Benet Hill Academy Alumnae 

SAVE THE DATES: Saturday, July 28, 2018: Picnic at 2:30 pm followed by games, pictures, tours, and remembering for ALL alumnae and their families. 


Sunday, July 29, 2018: Mass at 10:15 am followed by coffee & rolls, and sharing for alumnae and their families.


PLEASE RSVP by July 15th to Sister Lucile at or call 719-633-0655 Ext. 118. 



♥ In deepest sympathy we remember our alumnae sisters and their families who have lost loved ones. 

Ruth Ann Rubeck Tryon, class of ‘72 on the loss of her brother, Jeffrey Rubeck. 




Alumni Song


The community of Benet Hill Monastery cherishes its community songs!

Through word and music, composed by Sisters Mary Alice Guilfoil and Mary Susan Kros, the spirit of the community is captured.  One song particularly reminds us of the thousands of Alumni, men and women whose lives were lovingly molded, minds creatively challenged and spirits lifted to an awareness of a loving Creator!  When we sing the words:  “From the far San Luis Valley, to the city one mile high, all through Colorado, we’ll live and love and die!”  We are reminded of our students in Walsenburg, the San Luis Valley, Pueblo , Colorado Springs, Denver and throughout other counties in Colorado whose lives enriched our lives!


We continue to try to capture some of these experiences, particularly connecting with Benet Hill Academy, the students and events that will never be forgotten; our Spirituality Center where students forged a new path of faith formation that continues to impact lives and the numerous elementary schools and two secondary schools whose graduates recall and share their stories and wonderful experiences.


We want to keep in touch with our Alumni!  Please fill out the Alumnae Information Form so that we may deliver news and updates to our previous students in a timely manner.


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On July 23-24, 2016, the Sisters of Benet Hill hosted the Benet Hill Academy All-Class Reunion at Benet Hill Monastery, The reunion focused on the 50th Anniversary of the Class of 1966, as well as honor the classes of 1971, 1976 and 1981.


For more information on events, please call Sister Lucile Hartmann 719-633-0655, Ext. 118 or 719-355-1618. E-Mail: