“All at once they looked around and saw no one with them anymore, except Jesus alone.” Mark 9:8

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KathSister Katherine Wawersicherine Wawersich, OSB

The scripture quote from Mark describes how Sister Katherine Wawersich keeps her eyes fixed on her relationship with god and her service of love. Sister Katherine is ninety-four years young and has lived her vowed Benedictine life gracefully for seventy-four years. Her quiet humble way is to welcome, accept and embrace all those she meets. Another gift of Katherine’s is her deep appreciation for all of God’s creation expressed through the poet Gerald Manley Hopkins, “The world is charged with the grandeur of God.”

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From the beginning of her life she was steeped in the Benedictine tradition from early education and her parish community, staffed by Benedictine sisters and monks. Her mother had several good friends who were Benedictine sisters.

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Born to Reinhold and Catherine (Baumgartner) Wawersich, Katherine grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her younger brother Reinhold (Tony). Their mother died when Katherine was five and Tony was two years old. Katherine was called in a profound way during second grade with the gift of inner knowing that she would be a sister!

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Sister Katherine made her first profession in 1941 at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Within a few years after profession, Saint Benedict’s Monastery had grown so large it became necessary to make several new foundations. In 1948 Sister Katherine was a founding member of Saint Paul’s Monastery in St. Paul, Minnesota. There for many years she was Director of Music and Liturgy in the monastery and simultaneously was choral director and chair of the music department at the community high school. She earned baccalaureate degrees in music and history, and a master’s degree in music and liturgy.

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In 1981 Katherine and four other sisters founded a new community, Spirit of Life Monastery and settled in the Denver area. There she ministered as a staff chaplain at Mercy hospital and later as Pastoral Associate at Saint Jude’s Parish in Lakewood, Colorado.

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In September 2003 Sister Katherine formally transferred her vows to Benet Hill Monastery. She continues to share her love of Benedictine life, music and liturgy. She is grateful to still offer gracious hospitality to friends, family and guests. Participation in community life of prayer and common table keep her life balanced. She is an avid reader and enjoys conversations on many topics including the latest world and church issues, theology or current literature. It is easy to see the joy, gratitude and compassion in Sister Katherine’s life as she lives the Benedictine tradition.