“The Almighty works marvels for us, holy God’s name, holy God’s name.- Lk.1:49“
By Sister Anne Stedman, OSB
From Summer Review 2018
L to R: Sister Clare Carr, OSB and Sister Michaela Hedican, OSB
Heartened by Hope, the focus of our community retreat from June 24th to June 29th, was presented by Sister Michaela Hedican, OSB, former prioress of St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Throughout the week, Sister Michaela wove the theme “God offers us a future full of hope, and human beings are the words God uses to tell the story of grace” while she presented a kaleidoscope of “Hope” references in the old and new testament of Scripture, the Rule of Benedict, the Church, our monastic profession and in the experience of story.
Sharing the importance of journeying with one another as a monastic community and oblates; Sister Michaela highlighted Chapter 4 of the Rule on The Tools for Good Works which focuses on the community’s love of Christ and the tensile balance of intergenerational living. We were also encouraged to grow in faith and acceptance of an unknown future as it unfurls and to hope in the distinct possibility of our community becoming an expression of the “Divine Generosity of God’s Love”.
In conclusion, Sister Michaela offered us two sayings likely to become a part of our future “Good News… Bad News…Who knows” and “Hope is about surrender and letting go…and we can learn how to ‘float on’ loss and let go of fear… Now is the advent of HOPE!”
Compiled by Gina Berger, Communications Director
From Summer Review 2018
Sisters Clare Carr, Marilyn Carpenter and Ana Cloughly, OSB attended the Federation Chapter Meeting in Cullman, Alabama June 12-19.
Sister Clare describes Cullman as a beautiful city and home to Sacred Heart Monastery, a small, hospitable and engaging Benedictine community about the size of Benet Hill.
The Federation of St. Scholastica (comprised of 20 Monasteries of Benedictine Women, was established on February 25, 1922) meets for a week with representatives from 20 other communities from around the country. The meetings were productive and delightful.
“My favorite time was sitting out on the open porches conversing with sisters from other communities and waiting for the lightning bugs or fireflies to show themselves. I was delighted when I saw them in the grass among the pines and across the open field in front of me. They reminded me of my early childhood in Tennessee. As kids we would catch and release them. Lightning bugs still fascinate me as they tickled my childhood imagination and set my heart to dancing.” –Sister Clare Carr, OSB, Prioress
Sisters Therese O’Grady and Anne Stedman, OSB facilitated a retreat for the Benedictine Sisters in Tulsa, OK in late July. Their focus was Discernment as a Way of Life.
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.