July 15, 1915 – February 14, 2005
“Good zeal…Let the monastic prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may Christ bring us all together to everlasting life.”
-Holy Rule Ch. 72
Sister Georgine Goerlich died peacefully in the Lord on February 14, 2005 in her 89th year. Born in Westphalia, Kansas on July 15, 1915, she entered religious life at Mount Saint Scholastica and pronounced her final vows on August 15, 1944. She was a charter member of Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs. She spent 47 years serving the primary school children she loved so dearly.
Sister Georgine received her secondary education from Argentine High School in Argentine, Kansas and her B.S. in education from Mount Saint Scholastica college in Atchison, Kansas. She received further education from Regis College (Denver), Adams State College (Alamosa, CO), and Lamar Technological College (Beaumont, TX). She was a primary school teacher and librarian in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Colorado before retiring in 1988. During retirement, she assisted Sister Maristelle Schmitz in the Benet Hill Center Library and jokingly referred to herself as “Marian the Librarian.” Those who knew her in her later years can still picture her sitting at a library table happily plunking away at a little manual typewriter.
A quiet, caring woman, Sister Georgine was always willing to extend a hand and a hug, particularly to the newest members of the Benet Hill community who were still in the formation program. She maintained a keen interest in those around her and will be missed for her gentle grace and deep spirituality.