Sister of the Day Archive

A Peek Behind the Veil: Original Sacred Heart Chapel

March 24, 2019

First ceremony held in the unfinished Sacred Heart Chapel built at Mount Saint Benedict in 1937. 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.   […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Mount Saint Benedict Garden Tours

March 23, 2019

This statue of St. Benedict goes on all tours of Mount garden and grounds. 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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Sister of the Day: Sister Evelyn Strei

March 22, 2019

Sister Evelyn Strei    Birthday March 24 Sister Evelyn loves beautiful things and memories of walks outdoors in every season.  She has a gift for enhancing a space with a choice of fine music, an arrangement of interesting items or the addition of one of her framed creations. She does that even now in her room […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Philomene Neussendorfer

March 21, 2019

Sister Philomene was born in Bavaria and came to the United States when she was twelve years old.  When Mount Saint Benedict community was first formed, she volunteered to move from St. Scholastica Convent to join it. She took the train from Duluth to Crookston with Bishop Corbett himself.  As housekeeper and cook with a […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Maurus Carriere

March 20, 2019

Sister Maurus Carriere 1907-1988 That Sister Maurus had a heart to serve was manifest both in her career in nursing and in her sewing room ministry.  She appreciated a joke and loved prayer.  Her life motto was, “Here I am, Lord, do with me what you will.” This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Marie LeVasseur

March 19, 2019

Sister Marie LeVasseur  1897-1984 Neat and petite, Sister Marie was conscientious in every detail of her work in a business office.  A delightful story teller, her wit and humor lifted spirits.  By the time she earned that golden jubilee crown, she could say, “Sometimes it takes desperate courage to look up, but when you do, […]

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Sister Marcella Nolan

March 18, 2019

Sister Marcella Nolan 1892 – 1972   Founding member Sister Marcella is remembered for her loyalty and love of truth, her courage and optimism.  She was an excellent teacher and served as the first dean Corbett College at Mount Saint Benedict.  She enjoyed long walks in the woods while often scattering seeds.  Her motto was “planting […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: St. Patrick’s Day at the Mount!

March 17, 2019

Sister Margaret Mary DeGagne, Mother Mary John Flynn, Sister Patricia Fitzpatrick, Sister Carmella Buckley, and Sister Petronilla Hermann 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 […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The Walsh House

March 16, 2019

This was the first residence of sisters on the present Mount Saint Benedict campus.  Later this house became the Mount music conservatory . 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 […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Laurencia Parenteau

March 15, 2019

Sister Laurencia Parenteau 1902 – 1979 Sister Laurencia taught high school business classes.  Before the era of sound recording, she noted in shorthand the homilies and workshops given at the Mount and then transcribed them all.  Her neatness and exactness were remarkable.   She served as sacristan in the first chapel at Mount Saint Benedict.  This […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Jolenta Gerszewski

March 14, 2019

Sister Jolenta Gerszewski 1932-2008 Sister Jolenta had at least two noteworthy hobbies—creating greeting cards and growing tomatoes.  She was quick to share the good results of both of them.  She was a geriatric nurse whose unassuming disposition, easy humor and evident skills won the trust of her charges.  Sister Dominica Gerszewski is her sister. This […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Inez Martin

March 13, 2019

Sister Inez Martin 1888-1981   Founding member Sister Inez and three of her nine sisters became Benedictine Sisters.  Sister Inez volunteered for the new foundation in Crookston. She lent a true, rich alto voice harmony to our hymns.   At age 92 she was still knitting mittens and caps by the dozen.  Two of her younger sisters […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Helen Margaret Obermiller

March 12, 2019

Sister Helen Margaret (Gerard) Obermiller 1918 – 2015           “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine             You make me happy when skies are grey… Sister Helen Margaret loved this song; it is as light-hearted as she was.  She was also an excellent teacher and a gifted writer.  But when asked what her greatest talent […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Gemma Hermann

March 11, 2019

Sister Gemma Herrmann  1921-2011 If you should meet any woman born in Crookston whose name is Gemma, it’s a good bet her mother was tended by Sister Gemma, this kind, firm, excellent and memorable nurse, who served for years at St. Francis Hospital and at Riverview. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The Original Sacred Heart Chapel

March 10, 2019

South view of Sacred Heart Chapel built at Mount Saint Benedict in 1937. 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 […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: St. Vincent’s Hospital

March 9, 2019

St. Vincent’s 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 the entire year.   Take a “Peek Behind the Veil” and watch this space […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Fidelis Hauber

March 8, 2019

Sister Fidelis loved music and played the piano by ear.  Creative, endearing, exasperatingly human, she served fifty years in administration and business management of our healthcare institutions.  And she never ran out of jokes to tell. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Delores Norman

March 7, 2019

Sister Dolores Norman (Paul) 1926 – 2018 What a story teller!  Suspect the accuracy when Sister Dolores added, “Oh, I forgot to tell you.” This Fulbright scholar taught students at all levels from preschool to university.  Her motto in life was “Get up, make a gratitude statement, follow the Rule of Benedict, and be kind!”  […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Fran Solum

March 6, 2019

Sister Frances (Madonna) Solum   Birthday February 23 Sister Frances is one of three of our Sisters committed to living in south Texas. Her favorite pastime is learning the names of the shrubs and trees that grow on their monastery grounds in Rio Grande. Her hobby is raised-box gardening.  Sister Fran has fond memories of her […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Carmel Parenteau

March 5, 2019

Sister Carmel Parenteau  1907 – 1970 Sister Carmel simply loved life!  She was a true friend to anyone.  With a keen sense of humor she could laugh away troubles and complications.   Sister Carmel chose sardines over candy, remarking that it was good brain food.  Still, she might answer the convent phone, “Fanny Farmer, Carmel speaking.”  […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Barbara Karboviak

March 4, 2019

Sister Barbara Karboviak   1905-1995 A product of a devout Polish family, Sister Barbara attributed the awaking of her call to the Benedictine life to the time she heard Mother Eustacia and Sister Lidwina, two founding members of our monastery, sing for her grandfather’s requiem Mass.   Solid and stolid, Sister Barbara taught and prayed and stood […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Mount Saint Benedict Academy

March 3, 2019

Marian Hall and Mount Saint Benedict Academy classroom and gymnasium viewed from the northwest entrance to the campus. 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 […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The Marian Shrine at Mount Saint Benedict

March 2, 2019

Marian shrine viewed through icicles from south end of the original Mount Saint Benedict building. 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 […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Adelinus Bolin

March 1, 2019

During her brief twelve years as a Benedictine, Sister Adelinus was an elementary teacher, the superior of the sisters who served at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Bemidji and finally a patient at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Crookston.  Her advice to a younger Sister: “Don’t ever permit yourself to become so involved with a community institution […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Timothy Knox

February 28, 2019

Sister Timothy Knox 1899-1965 Sister Timothy had a bright mind, a ready wit and generous spirit.  She was a piano and violin teacher for thirty-four years and a sometime record librarian at our various hospitals.  She had a talent for composing music and for writing. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Cyprian Keilhofer

February 27, 2019

Sister Cyprian Keilhofer 1897-1992  Founding member Sister Cyprian made her initial temporary vows as a member of the Duluth community and her perpetual vows in 1921 as a member of the Crookston community.  About that decision she said, “I never had any regrets.” She taught high school chemistry, physics and biology for fifty years. This […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Nepomucene Sabol

February 26, 2019

Sister Nepomucene Sabol  1910-1968 Sister Nepomucene of happy disposition was one of the five young women from Tabor, Minnesota who by ones or twos became members of Mount Saint Benedict community.  She was a fabulous cook and made delicious fruit-filled and poppy seed kolaches.  She was asked once if she were afraid of death.  She […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Isadore Rausch

February 25, 2019

Sister Isadore Rausch   1913-1971 Sister Isadore was a kind, competent and dutiful nurse and anesthetist. She was quite a seamstress, too. We remember her dry humor and quiet, retiring ways.  She caught us by surprise dying quietly in her sleep. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sister Veronica’s Painting

February 24, 2019

Painting by Sister Veronica Kavanaugh.  Can you see the original Mount Saint Benedict Monastery building through the trees? 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 […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: St. Francis Hospital

February 23, 2019

St. Francis Hospital, Crookston, Minnesota

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Sister of the Day: Sister Grace Provencher

February 22, 2019

Sister Grace Provencher  1913-1959 Sister Grace said of herself that she was a spoiled child, always the object of the love and generosity of her older brothers and sisters.  She became a music instructor and taught us to sing Gregorian chant.  Only forty-six and faced with mortal illness, she wrote her own addition to Thompson’s […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Placid Paul

February 21, 2019

Sister Placid Paul  1907-1995 Sister Placid was a successful and beloved music teacher who gave private lessons  for fifty-eight years.  She had a ready smile and a contagious giggle.  Her many hobbies ranged from tatting to collecting stamps.  She knitted many of us into her life. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Frances McFaddon

February 20, 2019

Sister Frances McFadden  1862-1947  Founding member Sister Frances McFadden entered religious life with the Duluth community in 1901.  She was a nurse and a teacher of nurses.  She was serving in the Crookston diocese when our community was formed and she stayed on here.   Her ready wit remained, too, even in her declining years. This […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Lucy McDermid

February 19, 2019

Sister Lucy McDermid  1915-2002 Sister Lucy was a novice (a newcomer) under the tutelage of Mother Eustacia, our first prioress.  She loved to tell of Mother Eustacia’s kind response when the novices, who were sent to fetch potatoes from the root cellar, came carrying to her instead a litter of kittens in their aprons. This […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Rosalia Fink

February 18, 2019

Sister Rosalia Fink   Birthday February 20 Sister Rosalia is a wizard with a crochet needle!   The energy and enthusiasm with which she cheered on Sacred Heart High School basketball earned her a place in their Hall of Fame.  She is home at the Mount now after that same spirit led her to initiate a shelter […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sr. Eulalia Readying a Guest Room

February 17, 2019

Sister Eulalia Brophy readying a guest room in Mount Saint Benedict guest department in Marian Hall. 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.   […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sisters Serenading in Marian Hall

February 16, 2019

Sisters serenading in Marian Hall cafeteria on some special occasion. 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 Bernadette Kostrzewski

February 15, 2019

Sister Bernadette Kostrzewski   Birthday February 18 Sister Bernadette, retired nurse, has picked raspberries in season.  And she can dole them out them—both tart and sweet!  She has great eye for color and meticulous skill at the sewing machine.  She transforms remnants of fabrics into the striking creations, the fruit of her labor, for our gift […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Monica Helen Lammers

February 14, 2019

Sister Monica Helen (Ambrose) Lammers 1916-1988 Sister Monica Helen’s chief ministry was in food service at the diocesan chancery and the Cathedral rectory in Crookston and at numerous hospitals.  She also wrote poems.  The published collection of them is entitled “Marginal Lyrics”.  Her sisters were Sisters Pauline and Leonie. This is the 100th Centennial of […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Rose Knoll

February 13, 2019

Sister Rose Knoll 1904-2006 Sister Rose was a woman of few words and a quiet smile. One of her many good works as an educator was her help to initiate the catechetical school in Slayton, Minnesota.  On her 97th birthday she received a rose from each of her relatives—a huge bouquet of one hundred twenty-three […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Virginia Houske

February 12, 2019

Sister Virginia Houske  1932-2012 This diminutive woman had huge loves.  She loved Hispanic people, Gregorian chant, playing the organ —and cats! 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 […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Rachel Beitz

February 11, 2019

Sister Rachel Beitz  Birthday February 13 Did you know that Sister Rachel has a hidden appreciation for history and geography?  In her retirement she is working with the monastery archives, delving into the history of our community and thoroughly enjoying it!  That activity may even rival her hunt in roadside ditches for her favorite wildflowers. […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sisters in Full and Modified Habits

February 10, 2019

Standing: Sisters Eulalia, Gertrude, Marietta, Joyce, Stephania. Seated: Sisters Baptiste, Helen, Felicitas. 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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A Peek Behind the Veil: Pastoral Care at Villa St. Vincent

February 9, 2019

Sister Rachel providing pastoral care at Villa St. Vincent nursing home in Crookston. 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 […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Wunibald Geres

February 8, 2019

Sister Wunibald Geres 1883-1960 Founding member Sister Wunibald is seen here standing beside her half-sister, Willibald Schmit.  “Winnie and Willie” worked closely together throughout their long nursing ministry at St. Vincent’s hospital in Crookston.   Sister Wunibald is remembered for devotion to her patients and her scrupulous cleanliness.  There were two chaplains at her bedside when […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Eulalia Brophy

February 7, 2019

Sister Eulalia Brophy 1920-2016  Sister Eulalia was a kind and generous person who, “just wanted to get things done”.  Her roots were in Ottawa and she loved to share her story.  Initiative marked her work ethic.  Ever honest, her reaction to learning of her new sister name was, “I can’t pronounce it; I can’t spell […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Julia Brick

February 6, 2019

Sister Julia Brick  1905-1999 Sister Julia’s ministry was preparing and serving meals.  She is remembered for her proficient and dedicated service.  She took special joy whenever was assigned to a parish rectory and could cook for priests.  Sister Joanne Brick was her sister. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Stephen Bodell

February 5, 2019

S. Stephen Bodell 1925-2007 Two of the things Sister Stephen loved were travel and words.  Her work in literacy took her to 48 states.  She read widely and she said that her unabridged dictionary was among her favorite books.  On the day a young woman received the Benedictine habit, she would present herself in a […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Humilitas Benoit

February 4, 2019

Sister Humilitas Benoit 1892 – 1939 Founding member Born in Red Lake Falls, MN, Sister Humilitas made profession in Duluth, July 11, 1911.  She was one of the founding members of Mount St. Benedict community and a teacher who worked zealously for youth.  She was only 46 years old when she died. On her deathbed […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Leaded Glass Window – St. Vincent Hospital

February 3, 2019

Leaded glass window taken from old St. Vincent Hospital and installed in the new monastery guest wing in 2015.  The letters stand for a Benedictine motto:  ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus—“that in all things God may be glorified.” This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sister Macrina’s Decorated Candles

February 2, 2019

Sister Macrina with decorated beeswax candles and novelty candles which were produced and offered for sale at the candle house 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 […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Digna Arends

February 1, 2019

 Sister Digna Arends 1905-1973 Although she was not one of the founding members of Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Sister Digna embraced that pioneer spirit to become the first to obtain an RN degree within the community.   Sister Digna continued in that spirit to initiate the first blood bank at St. Francis Hospital.   Sisters Mary Ann […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Kostka Pulczinski

January 31, 2019

Sister Kostka Pulczinski  1901-2001 Ninety-nine roses on her ninety-ninth birthday from her adoring great-grandnieces and nephews!  Among the joys she shared were many dolls she refurbished and dressed in elegant, handmade apparel to delight children—and sometimes win blue ribbons at the county fair.  Thanks to her, we have miniature models of two versions of the […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Paschal Parenteau

January 30, 2019

Sister Paschal Parenteau 1909 – 1932 Sister Paschal was a naturally happy person.  She was a teacher aid until her illness became all consuming.  She died of tuberculosis when she was only twenty-three.  We have no photo of her but here you see her formal promise to live the Benedictine vows written in her own […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Felicia Metivier

January 29, 2019

Sister Felicia Metivier  1903-1994 Sister Felicia was an elementary classroom teacher for more than fifty years.  In later years she resided in Good Shepherd Hall, the assisted living wing of the monastery, and had her turn at being named “Queen for the Day”.  Ever quick-witted, she replied, “It isn’t what it’s cracked up to be!”  […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Therese Martin

January 28, 2019

Sister Therese Martin  1901-1994  Founding Member Dutiful and prayerful Sister Therese still never missed the humor in a situation.  And she appreciated the value of patient waiting.  She claimed “what is important is what we allow God to do within us.  How good this Lord is to one who waits!” This is the 100th Centennial […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The Foyer of the Original Mount Building

January 27, 2019

Foyer of 1923 Mount building.  Notice the mosaic of Benedict in the floor, which was removed and placed in the gathering space of the current chapel. 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 […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The Original Mount Building

January 26, 2019

This is the original Mount building, west facade.  The entrance was impressive! 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 Canisia Lenertz

January 25, 2019

Sister Canisia Lenertz  1914-1982  Sister Canisia was a nurse who comforted folks with her gentle attention and cheered them with her smile.  She held that God intends life to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of our Centennial year, we […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Madeline Lavoi

January 24, 2019

Sister Madeline LaVoi     1914-2005 “All you need is complete faith: just trust Him.”  These were the words she lived by.  She was a dedicated teacher, a lover of music and a good friend.  She sang beautifully and waltzed very well. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Baptiste Lacoursiere

January 23, 2019

Sister Baptiste LaCoursiere   1911 – 1997 Sister Baptiste wrote, “Outside of teaching, my contributions have been small.”  Her generosity was not small.  During a school year she could double as classroom teacher and principal at St. Michael’s in Mahnomen, and when the summer wind blew she’d be working with the migrant children in Crookston, Moorhead […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Laurian Lasha

January 22, 2019

Sister Laurian Lasha  Birthday January 24 Sister Laurian was a classroom teacher for thirty-three years.  She claims that she was a flop her first year but eventually found her sweet spot as a seventh and eighth grade teacher.  Her gifts for record-keeping, accuracy and order suit her well for a second long career as  librarian […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Dianne Maresh

January 21, 2019

Sister Dianne (Rosamund) Maresh   Birthday January 23 Sister Dianne has recently returned to live at Mount Saint Benedict after decades of serving the people of South Texas as a teacher and trainer of teachers.  She has a talent for detail.  Do you have the Mount cookbook?  You can thank her for the remarkable index in […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The Walsh House Much Later!

January 20, 2019

The former Walsh house became Mount Saint Benedict Music Conservatory with a piano in virtually every room.   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 […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The Walsh House

January 19, 2019

Walsh house: used as motherhouse for the young community of Benedictine Sisters in Crookston.  Note the addition to the rear which was called “the barracks”.   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 […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Salome Kinney

January 18, 2019

Sister Salome Kinney 1924-1976 Sister Salome’s sense of humor saved many a situation from becoming critical.  Maybe that was because she took her call to prayer so seriously.  She said her most fulfilling work was with the Spanish-Americans in Asherton, Texas.   This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Ida Kavanaugh

January 17, 2019

Sister Ida Kavanaugh 1899-1971   Founding member As a newly-minted Benedictine, Sister Ida began teaching in Crookston in 1916, three years before Mount St. Benedict community budded off from the Duluth monastery.  Her confidence in students’ untried abilities and her calm supervision rounded and elevated their learning.  Her two sisters, Sisters Veronica and Adelaide were teachers, […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Adelaide Kavanaugh

January 16, 2019

Sister Adelaide Kavanaugh   1910-1991 Sister Adelaide was remarkable for her unhurried efficiency.  It seems things got done while she quietly moved by.  She spent 48 years teaching mainly high school business classes including eight summers with much younger students in the Spanish migrant program.   Sisters Ida and Veronica were her sisters.   This is the […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Walburge Kassa

January 15, 2019

Sister Walburge Kassa 1906-2005 Sister Walburge nursed for 48 years and then added 25 years of prayerful retirement.  The kind smile in this photo often broke into a contagious laugh.  She seemed to make the best of any situation.  Her sisters were Sister Mary Faith and Sister Elizabeth.   This is the 100th Centennial of […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Seraphica Karp

January 14, 2019

Sister Seraphica Karp 1875-1954 Founding member Most novices at the Mount in the 1920’s and 30’s had a turn accompanying Sister Seraphica to the woods in search of healing herbs and then drinking the teas which she made from them. She consulted drawings and descriptions of herbs in her German pocket guide.    

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A Peek Behind the Veil: First Profession of Vows

January 13, 2019

Sister Benet Baril , Sister Wenceslaus Zjedlik, Mother Eustacia Beyenka , Sister Timothy Knox. Photo taken on the day Sisters Benet and Timothy made their first profession of vows.   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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A Peek Behind the Veil: St. Joseph’s Home

January 12, 2019

St. Joseph’s Home became Cathedral Grade School.  It is now the home of Care and Share. 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.   […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Ursula Karels

January 11, 2019

     Sister Ursula Karels 1921-1988 Sister Ursula transformed piles of used linen into stacks of folded fresh towels and sheets. She liked to grow strawberries and flowers. But she worked her true magic in creating quilts of unusual patterns and finishes. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Olivia Hermann

January 10, 2019

Sister Olivia Herrman 1927-2018 Sister Olivia had a repertoire of jokes and was famous for her one-liners. She was a piano teacher for most of her life yet she found opportunities to engage her special interest—working with the elderly. She loved the annual outing to the local pizza parlor with her extended family. Sisters Petronilla […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Regina Hansmann

January 9, 2019

    Sister Regina Hansmann 1923-2017   In retirement, this gifted elementary school teacher taught English to immigrants at Care and Share. The highlight of her life was her trip to Medjurgorje, the site of an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Joanne Brick

January 8, 2019

  Sister Joanne Brick 1901-2002 Yes, she lived to be 101—well, just five days short. She had a long professional career in nursing—and a longer playful career of pulling practical jokes, humming tunes and playing the harmonica. Her sister was Sister Julia Brick. Sister Joanne is shown here with a resident of St. Vincent’s Nursing […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Helen Bedard

January 7, 2019

Sister Helen Bedard 1909 – 2005 Born in Red River, MN, she was the eldest of thirteen children. Sister Helen was a teacher, school administrator, youth counselor and catechist. Sister Helen took great delight in directing parish choirs and training altar servers. It was once said by Fr. Ketter, “Sister Helen is worth her Troy […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: St. Vincent’s Hospital

January 6, 2019

St. Vincent’s 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 the entire year.   Take a “Peek Behind the Veil” and watch this space […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sister Norma Jean Edie’s Painting

January 5, 2019

This painting by Sister Norma Jean Edie gathers images full of meaning for the Sisters of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery: our first prioress, Mother Eustacia; our pioneer Sisters; our first residence, St. Vincent Hospital; our first monastery, the Mount; our reliance on our honey industry in the early years; and Listen, our constitution.   This is […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Edith Bedard

January 4, 2019

Sister Edith Bedard 1919 – 2016 Born in Quebec, Canada she felt blessed to be one of 22 children. Sister Edith was known for her French accent, her bread baking, and her beautiful smile. She worked at the Bishop’s house where she cooked his meals and somehow managed never to get a smidge of dirt […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Valerian Beaudry

January 3, 2019

Sister Valerian Beaudry 1910 – 1934 Founding member Sister Valerian pronounced her final vows from her hospital bed at St. Vincent’s’ Hospital in Crookston. She was only 24 years old when she died. She had a joyful resignation about her and when asked by a student how old she was, her response was “I’m a […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Eileen Beutel – click this link for more!

January 2, 2019

      Sister Eileen Beutel  Birthday January 4 Librarian or leprechaun? Well, both and much more. These days Sister Eileen is the monastery’s administrative secretary, sometime chauffeur, runner and dishwasher and all around friendly person ready to lend a hand. She will be celebrating her golden jubilee this centennial year.   This is the […]

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Mother Eustacia Beyenka 1876-1936 Founder

January 1, 2019

Our founding prioress, who led and formed the new community for its first seventeen years, was a woman of many gifts. She had a rich alto singing voice. She wrote a warm letter in Polish in graceful script to her parents for their 25th wedding anniversary. We Sisters, who mark Good Shepherd Sunday as the […]

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