Sister Reginald Zeller, OSB

 

October 2, 1915 -February 28, 1998

 

 

“Jesus, my only desire,
Jesus, the wisdom of God,
Jesus, my light and my vision,
Jesus, my God and my all.”   -St. Francis

 

S-Reginald-ZellerBorn in Paxico, Kansas, she entered religious life at Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas, and pronounced her vows August 15, 1937. She was a charter member of Benet Hill Monastery and re­newed her vows of 60 years August, 1997.

 

Sister Reginald received an MA in Elementary Reading from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She devoted 43 years to teaching primary, secondary, and college level reading skills in Kansas, Iowa, and Colorado. Sister “Z” spent much of her teaching career working with the underprivileged and the less-academic achiever. She was responsible for developing reading centers in Antonito, Denver, and Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs.

 

In retirement, she continued her lifelong love of learning by storytelling to preschool children. A consummate weaver of words, she held all her listeners captive in rapt attention whether regaling the plight of Pinocchio to children or the perils of David with Goliath to her worshipping community.

 

An author of children’s stories, a fashioner of dried flowers, and a believer in the interdependence of all creation, Sister Reginald brought to those who knew her a sense of childlike awe and wonder at the creative power of God.