“The Almighty works marvels for us, holy God’s name, holy God’s name.- Lk.1:49

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SISTERS

By Gina Burger, Communications Director

From Fall Review 2018

Sister Therese O’Grady, OSB (August31) is tickled by her huge peach pound cake.

 

Sometimes I forget the importance of awareness in how God is working in my life. I forget how easily I can take someone or something for granted. Living ‘up close and personal’ with family and job responsibilities can distract me from living a more centered life. When I remember to take a moment to step back and ask God to open my heart, eyes, mind and spirit, I can more easily recognize the every day gifts of God’s abundance. One of these ‘abundant moments’ hit me recently at Sister Therese’s birthday celebration. 

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Sister Mary Teresa Hicks, OSB (October 19) has delicate marshmallow treats and other fun toppings for her ice cream bar.

The sisters usually celebrate birthdays as a community during the noon meal. In preparation for a birthday, each sister chooses her favorite meal and dessert which is prepared as the main meal of the day. If the birth date conflicts in any way (for whatever reason), she chooses an alternate day to celebrate. The ‘birthday sister’ enjoys her meal on a bright red ‘Happy Birthday’ plate. The plate is a visual reminder to everyone that the day and and meal are not ordinary. After the meal, the prioress emerges from the kitchen with a surprise candlelit dessert (we never know what is going to be brought out). We sing ‘Happy Birthday’, the candles are blown out, the honoree cuts herself the first slice of cake- then the real celebration begins with joking, laughing and fun stories. 

 

I am happy for the opportunity to witness and participate in such moments that reflect God’s abundance of hope and joy in this ‘family of sisters’! 

 

(August through October ten sisters celebrated birthdays.) 

Sister Mary John Thomas, OSB (September 11) digs into her giant strawberry shortcake.

 

A Day In The Life

Compiled by Gina Berger, Communications Director
From Fall Review 2018

Sister Jan Ginzkey, OSB attended the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Region 13 meeting in Concordia, KS on Sept. 17 – 20. 

“The LCWR Region 13 meeting addressed national and regional business matters. We also had the opportunity to tour and learn about the National Orphan Train Museum and clay wall depicting the history of Concordia, KS.” 

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Randy and Juan Diego Salazar (Sister Evangeline Salazar’s nephews) donate Bronco tickets so Sisters Mary Jane Vigil and Mary Colleen Schwarz can become two Bronco Benedictines on the loose!

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Sister Marilyn Carpenter, OSB joined with Nuns on the Bus sponsored by the NETWORK, (Advocates for Justice, Inspired by Catholic Sisters) in Denver in mid-October for a town hall meeting as well as a rally at Rep. Coffman’s office. The purpose of this bus trip across the country from California to Florida is to warn us of pending impact of the tax law of 2017 on social services and medical programs.

 

She encourages us to make a difference in the outcome by going online to NUNS on the BUS 2018 at https://networklobby.org/bus2018/ to learn more about working in communities that work for social justice and equality for all people.

 

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Sister Marilyn Carpenter, OSB visited Chartres Cathedral in France and walked the famous labyrinth built into the floor of the entrance.

“Three years ago when I was on sabbatical, the highlight of my trip through Europe was to walk this labyrinth, but when we arrived in Chartres, they were refurbishing and the floor was covered and the gates were locked to that half of the Cathedral. This time, all was good and I got to walk this sacred path three times praying for different people and gifts each time. At the end of the third walk, I was exhausted and truly had the feeling of having been on a pilgrimage. A rare gift indeed!” 

Our Benedictine History

 

Benet Hill Monastery was established in Colorado Springs, Colorado as a foundation of Mt. St. Scholastica located in Atchison, Kansas.  Benet Hill is rooted in over 1500 years of the Benedictine Tradition was born in the hearts of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica, “To Seek God in community.”

 

Benedictine women arriving in Colorado in 1914 have been faithful to the Benedictine motto:  Ora Et Labora, Work and Pray.  The sisters have provided a broad range of educational and spiritual services over the past 100 years to the People of God in Colorado and in other parts of the world.  They served as teachers and administrators in schools from the San Luis Valley to the Mile High City.  They founded and staffed schools in Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Lakewood, Colorado.

 

In 1963, the sisters founded Benet Hill Academy and for 20 years provided more than 2,000 girls with a college-preparatory academic education.  With the closing of the Academy, in 1982 the sisters, ever faithful to listening to God’s voice with the “Ear of their Hearts”, opened an Adult Faith Formation Center that same year.

 

Benet Hill Center has continuously offered an educational and formational curriculum that has empowered thousands of Adult Lay Christians to deepen their Baptismal call to Holiness and the spreading of the Gospel.  Heeding the directive of our Vatican II Church and responding to the “Issues of our Day”, Benet Hill has sponsored programs in Sacramental, Scriptural and Liturgical Studies, Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Direction and Retreats.  Programs are open to all Faith Traditions.

 

Continuing the Benedictine commitment to Lay Formation, these programs are now offered at the Benet Hill Monastery’s Benedictine Spirituality Center, situated in a rural woodland, contemplative setting located in the northeast area of Colorado Springs.  In order to extend the spirituality programs to individuals located anywhere in the country who are not able to travel, in 2009 Ministry Center staff developed ministry programs to be presented on-line through distance learning technology.