Sister of the Day Archive

A Peek Behind the Veil: Christmas Chapel Picture

December 31, 2019

Mount Saint Benedict Monastery chapel, where in every season the sisters pray for you. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings on weekends throughout the entire year.   Take a […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: 1919 Perpetual Vows

December 30, 2019

July 11, 1919:  The two Sisters standing with laurel crowns on their heads made perpetual vows at Cathedral church in Crookston.  Seated in the center is our foundress, Mother Eustacia.   On either side of her are two Sisters who will make profess perpetual vows the following year. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The Mount from the southeast

December 29, 2019

A view of the original Mount building and Sacred Heart chapel from the southeast This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings on weekends throughout the entire year.   Take a […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The Nativity scene in the North Lounge, Marian Hall

December 28, 2019

Nativity scene in Marian Hall  North Lounge, 1993 This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings on weekends throughout the entire year.   Take a “Peek Behind the Veil” and watch […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Petronilla Hermann

December 27, 2019

Sister Petronilla Hermann 1925-2019 Sister Petronilla has been an exacting teacher of practical nurses and a compassionate spiritual director. Keen and witty, this engaged and energetic woman lived a full life. Her sisters are            Sister Olivia and Sister Agatha. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sister Mary Leonard’s Madonna & Child

December 26, 2019

Sister Mary Leonard Nester’s painting of Madonna and Child This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings on weekends throughout the entire year.   Take a “Peek Behind the Veil” and […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Christmas Day

December 25, 2019

Nativity scene in Sacred Heart chapel at Mount Saint Benedict This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings on weekends throughout the entire year.   Take a “Peek Behind the Veil” […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Vianney Munn

December 24, 2019

Sister Vianney Munn 1895-1953   Founding member Sister Vianney was a nurse who often cared for the newborns at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Crookston and St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes.  This quiet, gentle person liked to listen to military band music best of all. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Robertine Spurrill

December 23, 2019

Sister Robertine Spurrill  1909-2002 Born and raised in Canada, Sister Robertine became a naturalized citizen of the USA in 1943, just before she made her final vows as a member of Mount Saint Benedict.  This versatile Sister served at various times as a kindergarten teacher, registered nurse, medical laboratory and x-ray technician and a trained […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The Creche on the North Campus

December 22, 2019

The north campus of the Mount 1996, just outside the Marian Hall entrance

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Sister of the Day: Sister Austin Deemer

December 21, 2019

Sister Austin Deemer 1902-2000  Sister Austin was a member of the first novitiate group of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Crookston in 1920.  As both a teacher and principal, her stern appearance marked her serious interest in molding the character of her students.  Yet a certain twinkle in her eyes said she was a […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Paula Mosher

December 20, 2019

Sister Paula Mosher  1912-2005 Sister Paula was trained in accounting and business management.  Over the years she worked in the business offices at the Mount and all of our hospitals.  Her favorite pastimes were reading biographies and watching the Twins on TV. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Mary Kelleher

December 19, 2019

Sister Mary was a lady.  She taught music at the Mount Conservatory and in many of the places our Sisters served.  She taught the young Sisters under her care gracious manners and how to set a proper table. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Lucille Schafer

December 18, 2019

Sister Lucille Schafer   1930-2019 It’s probably true that Sister Lucille accepted everything and enjoyed as much of it as she could.  She was as good in the kitchen as she was in the classroom.  She loved watching birds, tending flowers, seeing into hearts and tending them.  Her motto was “Thank God for this day.”  Her […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Mary Ann Stuart

December 17, 2019

Sister Mary Ann (Philip) Stuart  1913-2004 Pick any time or place in Sister Mary Ann’s life and you would likely find this same smile on her face.  We remember how she loved a story!  We remember her enthusiasm, her words of encouragement and thanks, her willingness to forgive and her joyous laugh.  Projects  with her […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Lioba Kelner

December 16, 2019

Sister Lioba Kelner 1909-2003 Sister Lioba was short in stature and long in good works.  She regularly brought food to the needy and visited shut-ins, including prisoners.  She is our only Sister who had “been in jail” so many times! This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Marietta Geray

December 15, 2019

Sister Marietta Geray   Birthday September 11 Sister Marietta was a teacher and continues to be a lifelong learner.   She has wide interests and values reverence for everything.  She resides in a senior living center in St. Cloud where, just for the fun of it, she organized a residents’ bell/chimes choir. This is the 100th Centennial […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: North Marian Hall Campus

December 14, 2019

Marian Hall on a blustery day in 2006 This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings on weekends throughout the entire year.   Take a “Peek Behind the Veil” and watch […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Hildegarde Worth

December 13, 2019

Sister Hildegarde Worth  1906-1991 Sister Hildegarde was born in Kentucky and kept that smooth and effective “Blue Grass” style.  She was medical record librarian in many of the hospitals we staffed.  She was pleasant and efficient. The MDs knew what she expected from them—and when.  Sister Odelia was her sister. This is the 100th Centennial […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Gertrude Knopke

December 12, 2019

Sister Gertrude Knopke 1904-1998 Sister Gertrude is fondly remembered not only as a musician and music teacher but for her happy, fun-loving disposition and those sparkling brown eyes.  When lightning split a birch tree one day, she wasted no time collecting its bark.  She made delicate, detailed Nativity scenes from its beautiful, colored layers. This […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Estelle Dupont

December 11, 2019

Sister Estelle Dupont 1909-1989  Sister Estelle had a keen sense of humor, always loved fun and enjoyed her work as a secretary at the four hospitals of our community.  Her mother taught her to o crochet and knit, so she made countless hats, gloves, caps, mittens, doilies, and afghans.  Saying the rosary was her favorite […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Clarissa Fink

December 10, 2019

Sister Clarissa Fink 1929-2011 Sister Clarissa was happy to serve others.  She ministered as a licensed practical nurse and also assisted at Care and Share Hospitality House.  “The thing I am most grateful for,” she wrote, “is that God gave me help and accepted me in His service.”  Sister Rosalia Fink is her sister. This […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Anselma Hance

December 9, 2019

Sister Anselma Hance 1898-1987 Sister Anselma was in charge of St. Gertrude’s House of Studies in St. Paul, where many of our sisters resided while attending college.  Her motto was “Everything is done for God, so nothing should be handled carelessly.” This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The Novitiate

December 8, 2019

Novices preparing to make first vows in 1951 This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings on weekends throughout the entire year.   Take a “Peek Behind the Veil” and watch […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Early Days!

December 7, 2019

Sisters Evaristus and Marie Levasseur with the one Mount vehicle, 1926 This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings on weekends throughout the entire year.   Take a “Peek Behind the […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Amelian Wagner

December 6, 2019

Sister Amelian Wagner  1874-1933  Founding member We don’t know for sure which of the sisters in this picture is Sister Amelian, but we think she is the one standing.  We don’t know where they were going that day with their smiles and a loaded trailer.  We do know that Sister Amelian was a cook and […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Alice Rose

December 5, 2019

Sister Alice Rose  1906-1985 One of the last things Sister Alice said before she died was,“All my life, all I wished to do was work for God.”  Well she did.  She managed the laundry at the Mount (for the monastery and boarding school) and at St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes.  She spent many summer […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Gregory Weinschrott

December 4, 2019

Sister Gregory Weinschrott    1913- 1936 Magdelene was born in Lefor, ND and received the name Sister Gregory and the habit as a novice at Mount Saint Benedict.  She knew she was not recommended to make vows because of her poor health, but she asked and prayed to be allowed to stay.  Before arrangements were made […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Catherine McGuinn

December 3, 2019

Sister Catherine McGuinn 1902-1979 With Irish in the twinkle in her eye, her name, and her brogue, Sister Catherine was quite the story-teller.  When she was missioned as a classroom teacher in Detroit Lakes, her father often visited and entertained the sisters with his agile Irish jig. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Michelle McGurran

December 2, 2019

Sister Michelle McGurran  1930-2017   Prioress (1993-1999) Energetic, extroverted, passionate, Sister Michelle’s commitment to hospitality and justice was evident whether she was at work or at play.  She was a teacher, a pastoral minister, our ninth prioress and the first woman chaplain of the Minnesota Senate.  She knew how to make a good German strudel. This […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Hospital Staff

December 1, 2019

A group of Mount Saint Benedict sisters who were on mission at a hospital—perhaps St. Francis Hospital, Crookston, Minnesota. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings on weekends throughout […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: First Eucharist Class

November 30, 2019

First Communion class at St. Joseph Church, Moorhead, Minnesota some years ago.  Sister Martina Wolf is on the left, and Sister Angela Valley is on the right. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Roland Hauber

November 29, 2019

Sister Roland Hauber 1921-2011 Sister Roland was an excellent nurse with a quick, dry wit. She reveled in all that was pretty, fanciful or tasty, especially fudge.  As for her favorite hobby, it was a toss-up between going fishing or collecting treasures at rummage sales. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Pierre Roy

November 28, 2019

Sister Pierre Roy  1914-2004 Sister Pierre had two great loves—her violin and liturgical music.  She felt it a privilege and sacred responsibility to provide music for worship.  She was a well-schooled musician and used her calm, patient disposition and quiet competence to train many a young music student. This is the 100th Centennial of the […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Scholastica Logan

November 27, 2019

Sister Scholastic Logan  1898-2003  Sister Scholastica was the first novice to receive the religious habit for the newly established Mount Saint Benedict community.  She was the first of our sisters to reach 100 years of age.  She was probably the only one of us ever to sail to Europe on the Queen Mary. This is […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Maryanne Arends

November 26, 2019

Sister Maryanne Arends 1908-2008 One hundred years well lived!  Sister Maryanne Arends had a passion for education and a fondness for the Native American culture.  She possessed natural gifts in arts and crafts, taking the humblest of materials and creating something artistic and beautiful.  She had a gentle, loving disposition with everything she encountered.  A […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Mary Faith Kassa

November 25, 2019

Sister Mary Faith Kassa  (Sister Praxedes)  1904-1995 Sister Mary Faith served the community at various times as seamstress, baker, housekeeper and sacristan.  Her best service was just being herself.  In the 1950 photo she is seated between her sister-Sisters, Walburge and Elizabeth. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Thanksgiving Bounty

November 24, 2019

Bounty blessed and displayed in Marian Hall dining room for Thanksgiving 1990. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings on weekends throughout the entire year.   Take a “Peek Behind […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Mary Thomas Egan

November 23, 2019

Sister Mary Thomas Egan 1910-1997 With thick spectacles and a bright face, Sister Thomas met people with interest and met work with passion.  She directed and developed educational programs in the Crookston diocese and was recognized nationally for her work.  She was a remarkable teacher, an avid reader and a great storyteller.  Most of her […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Charles Lasezki

November 22, 2019

Sister Charles Laseszki  1896-1969     Founding Member Sister Charles was an elementary school teacher who served within the Crookston diocese and St. Paul archdiocese.  She was a librarian, too, and was instrumental in organizing the library at Mount Saint Benedict. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Louis Benoit

November 21, 2019

Sister Louis Benoit  1908-1987 Sister Louis’ workshop was the kitchen.  Her baking creations and her humor were a delight to all.  The hallmark of Sister Louis’ spiritual life was simplicity.   She said she was a kind of lark for Jesus, “I made Him my tree and built my nest in His arms.” This is the […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Josephine Kukowski

November 20, 2019

Sister Josephine Kukowski  1915-2008 Sister Josephine was a cheerful, gentle geriatric nurse who served in hospitals and home care.  Her hobbies were handiwork—making rosaries, crocheting, embroidering and assembling jigsaw puzzles. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Innocentia Mulvey

November 19, 2019

Sister Innocentia Mulvey   1909-1999 Among Sister Innocentia’s various works was directing the medical record department at St. Mary’s Hospital in Detroit Lakes.  Her leisure activities included calligraphy, painting and occasionally, fishing.   Her sister was Sister Mary Magdelene. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Marmion Karels

November 18, 2019

Sister Marmion Karels  Birthday November 18 Sister Marmion maintains a lively correspondence with her family and many friends and is delighted with visits from her former students.  As a good Benedictine she takes as a motto “work and pray” and adds to that creative leisure.  She likes to read and listen to classical music. She […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sisters on a School Mission

November 17, 2019

A group of our Sisters on staff at a school mission in the diocese of Crookston—perhaps Sacred Heart in East Grand Forks. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Teresa Sinnott

November 16, 2019

Sister Teresa Sinnot  1901-1989 Sister Teresa Sinnot was a doer.  And what she did was teach English.  She taught English literature and grammar to junior and senior high students who attended a number of Catholic schools.  She taught English as a second language to individual Hispanic and Vietnamese people who resided at Mount Saint Benedict.  […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Gabriel LaCoursiere

November 15, 2019

Sister Gabriel LaCoursiere  1914-1995 Sister Gabriel was serious, sedate and supportive.  She had energy for whatever the task at hand and a generous spirit.  She taught primary grades and had a special fondness for Hispanic migrant ministry. She is shown her between her sisters, Sisters Baptiste and Ernesta. This is the 100th Centennial of the […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Eugenia Baril

November 14, 2019

Sister Eugenia Baril 1903-1994 Born in rural Red Lake Falls as the ninth of thirteen children, she and her sister, Sister Bennet, were the first postulants to enter the newly formed Benedictine community in Crookston on June 9, 1919.  Sister Eugenia was a musician and earned a BA in music at Bush Conservatory of Music […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Clotilde Nogasek

November 13, 2019

Sister Clotilde Nogasek 1910 – 1999 Sister Clotilde is remembered for her gentle and gracious fidelity to her religious calling.  She taught in Catholic elementary schools, the summer migrant programs and religious vacation schools.  With a sparkle in her eye, she quietly and willingly shared her gifts.  She danced effortlessly–even in roller skates. This is […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Charitas Brophy

November 12, 2019

Sister Charitas Brophy 1904-1983 Sister Charitas served for years as administrator of St. Francis Hospital in Crookston and initiated the St. Francis School of Practical Nursing there.  She was a private person and a gregarious one, a delightful travel companion and an endearing friend.  Sister Eulalia Brophy was her sister. This is the 100th Centennial […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Bernadette Boucher

November 11, 2019

Sister Bernadette Boucher 1869-1949 Founding member Sister Bernadette guarded the mosaic of St. Benedict laid into the floor of the monastery entrance and taught us to “walk around it!” She lived with a sense of wonder and the ability to take things as they came.   She made first vows at St. Benedict’s Convent in St. […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Celine Williams

November 10, 2019

Sister Celine Williams  1910-1988  As a child, Sister Celine memorized in one week the entire young person’s catechism so that she would qualify to receive her First Communion even though she was under age.  She said of her Sisters in community, “I like the dynamic ones and the quiet ones.  Each one is like a […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The North Stairs

November 9, 2019

Boarding students used the north stairs to their rooms in the original Mount building.

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Sister of the Day: Sister Berchmans Kaanaugh

November 8, 2019

Sister Berchmans Kavanaugh 1912-1997  Sister Berchmans’ keen Irish wit shines through her eyes. She ministered in a number of capacities including both nursing and teaching. She brought her generous spirit and affectionate disposition to work. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Anne Goulet

November 7, 2019

Sister Anne Goulet 1908-2005 Cheerful, optimistic, enthusiastic—that’s how we remember Sister Anne Goulet.  Joy!  She ministered in several aspects of healthcare.  When at the last she herself was being cared for at Villa St. Vincent she remarked, “I can find no greater happiness on earth.  My next destination is heaven.”   Sister Florentine Goulet was her […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Alphonsus Loubert

November 6, 2019

Sister Alphonsus Loubert   1898-1989  Founding member Sister Alphonsus began her Benedictine life generously as a very young Sister in Duluth.  She completed that life in retirement with evident happiness and prayer. All those years we wore the full habit, she was expert at producing every week the fresh white linen pleated coifs Sisters wore around […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Aloysius Sherry

November 5, 2019

Sister Aloysius Sherry  1908-2008 Sister Aloysius taught primary grades, summer migrant school and in retirement tutored as a “foster grandparent.”   She loved her work as a teacher and loved her students. With over seventy years in the field of education, she was a kind and gentle influence for generations of young people. As for humor, […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Alexandra Belland

November 4, 2019

  Sister Alexandra Belland 1912 – 1995 Sister Alexandra grew up in a family that loved music and family dances.  She became an RN and dedicated 49 years to the profession of nursing, most of which on night duty.  Sister Alexandra was known to serve her patients with efficiency and most importantly with kindness. This […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sisters in the 1992 Sacred Heart Chapel

November 3, 2019

Sisters in Sacred Heart chapel at the Mount 1992 This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings on weekends throughout the entire year.   Take a “Peek Behind the Veil” and […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Picking Potatoes

November 2, 2019

Sisters in the potato field This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we are featuring a Sister of the Day every Weekday and memories of buildings and happenings on weekends throughout the entire year.   Take a “Peek Behind the Veil” and watch this space every […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Eleanor Mueller

November 1, 2019

Sister Eleanor Mueller  1923-2012  Prioress (1989-1993) Sister Eleanor is shown here as prioress blessing the forehead of one of the sisters in our annual missioning service. She showed herself as both intelligent and wise, equally capable and compassionate.  No wonder she was a memorable mentor and a remarkable leader. This is the 100th Centennial of […]

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