Sister of the Day Archive

Sister of the Day: Sister Imelda Esser

August 20, 2019

Sister Imelda Esser 1916-2007 Sister Imelda reported that she was afraid of doing nursing at first and then came to love it.   She brought an obvious warmth, ready energy and quiet joy to her care for the sick and elderly.  Her older sister, Sister Martha, in her last years experienced Sister Imelda’s devoted care. This […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Eliah Regeimbal

August 19, 2019

Sister Eliah Regeimbal  1912-1993  Sister Eliah came to the Mount from a large, industrious family and brought the practical common sense and resourcefulness she learned among her fifteen siblings.  She prepared many meals for the Sisters over the years and later served at St. Francis Hospital and St. Vincent’s as a trained medication assistant. She […]

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

August 18, 2019

The former St. Anthony’s Hospital in Bemidji.  Do you see one of our Sisters? 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 Eymard Valley

August 17, 2019

Sister Eymard Valley  1909-2001 For a stretch of years, Sister Eymard ably managed the Mount farm with its dairy cattle, pigs, chickens, geese and ducks.   She became chief candle-maker in 1947 and kept that department at its peak of production.  She is posing for the candle pouring photo.  When the wax was hot liquid, she […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Clare Duffy

August 16, 2019

Sister Clare Duffy   1905-1993  Sister Clare was the first chauffeur for our community.    In 1946, she was awarded “Teacher of the Year” in Moorhead.  Her greatest legacy was her Thirty-five-year ministry to Hispanic migrants. The homilist at her funeral said, “She would have made a great Archbishop”. This is the 100th Centennial of the […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Dominica Gerszewski

August 15, 2019

Sister Dominica Gerszewski    Birthday July 11 Sister Dominica continues to teach piano students in her studio at the Mount, many of whom place high every year in statewide competition.  She also maintains a wide correspondence with our friends and keeps us updated with their happenings and greetings.  Her favorite game of cards is “500”. Sister […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Christine Sitta

August 14, 2019

Sister Christine Sitta  1906-2001 How many loaves of bread, how many cookies did Sister Christine bake in a lifetime for the Mount community of Sisters and students?  She worked with a calm steadiness and spoke with a gentle hint of her Czechoslovakian birthplace.  Even if she had never met the family, she somehow knew who […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Cecilia Smith

August 13, 2019

Sister Cecilia (Damian) Smith   1921-2016 Sister Cecilia’s heritage was a blend of German and Sioux, French and Ojibwa. Her activities were a blend of teaching and hospitality, kind deeds and prayer.   Her life stitched a pattern that earns a blue ribbon. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Irene Cote

August 12, 2019

Sister Irene Cote 1893-1979  Founding member Mount Saint Benedict community as founded in May 1919 and Sister Irene took her final vows there that very summer. Her greatest joy was prayerful care of the chapel.  She had an innate interest in and concern for everyone she served.  She embraced retirement and was so glad it […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Brigetta Buckley

August 11, 2019

Sister Brigetta Buckley 1920-2016 Sister Brigetta was a gentle, peaceful woman who simply loved life.  She had a passion for music and sports.  When spring turned to summer, the Minnesota Twins captured her attention.  Poetry, music, and art, and her mechanical abilities were a few of her talents.  She wrote the poem, “I’m a Mechanical […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Alexia Muggli

August 10, 2019

Sister Alexia Muggli  1913-1974 Sister Alexia was a presence at the Mount.  She was present wherever she could help – most summers that was in the bee yard tending to as many as 300 hives.  And she was present to people.  She met everyone with a warm greeting of genuine delight. This is the 100th […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Anne Marie Geray

August 9, 2019

Sister Anne Marie Geray  Birthday August 10 Sister Anne Marie says her favorite assignment was serving as director of Mount Saint Benedict Center where the talent and encouragement of the Sister staff “…well, it made my job easier and very enjoyable.”   She seems always to have had a low-key and graceful way of making our […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Bernadine Paschke

August 8, 2019

Sister Bernadine Paschke 1916 – 2012 Sister Bernadine was known and admired for her precision, competence and graciousness.  She was a bit of a world traveler; she visited Europe, the Holy Land and Bogota, Colombia.  As an avid card player she claimed, with a twinkle in her eye, “I always win.” This is the 100th […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Benita Deutsch

August 7, 2019

Sister Benita Deutsch   1911-1960  Sister Benita knew her Latin. She had a brilliant mind and a beautiful singing voice.  She loved people, prayer, and anything chocolate.  During her nursing career, she specialized in anesthesia and hospital administration.  You could often find her praying with her patients. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Angela Valley

August 6, 2019

Sister Angela Valley  1912-1994 This petite woman was a first-rate first-grade teacher for forty years and loved to prepare young people, including the children of migrant farm workers, for the reception of the sacraments. Still, Sister Angela claimed that parish ministry was the most rewarding time of her life.  She trained over 700 adults to […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Alma Regan

August 5, 2019

Sister Alma Regan  1910-1952  “On a Sunday afternoon I, a postulant, came out of the north door of the Mount seeking adventure and excitement.  There I beheld black forms streaking across the skating rink– yes, skating in pleasant rhythm and laughing merrily.  The Sisters home for the Christmas holidays were enjoying their first skate of […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Geese!

August 4, 2019

Sister Flora with the geese raised by the Sisters. 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: Lots of Tomatoes!

August 3, 2019

Lots of tomatoes from the Mount garden in 1996! 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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Sister of the Day: Sister Agnes Kraft

August 2, 2019

Sister Agnes Kraft (Sister Raphael)   1924 –2014 Sister Agnes was an avid basketball fan!  Her ‘slam dunk’ was her culinary artistry.  She was meticulous about cleanliness and trained her kitchen staff well.  When she was not cooking, baking, making jellies, marmalades or quilting you could find her enjoying quiet days at the cottage.  Sister Agnes […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Mary John Flynn

August 1, 2019

Sister Mary John Flynn 1904-2002  Prioress 1955-1967 Sister Mary John was our prioress for twelve years during which time she promoted the Sisters’ education and oversaw the building of the 1961 Mount classroom, gymnasium and Marian Hall residence.   She initially came to Mount St. Benedict Academy to be one of the first teachers who was […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Willibald Schmit

July 31, 2019

Sister Willibald Schmit   1880-1974   Founding member This woman with a sparkling sense of humor was definitely and innately a nurse.  Sister Willibald was on staff at St. Anthony’s in Bemidji and St. Vincent’s in Crookston and served as floor nurse or surgical nurse, director of nursing services or supervisor of student nurses.  She said, “I […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Sophia Malinowski

July 30, 2019

Sister Sophia Malinowski  1893-1980  Founding member Sister Sophia served both in our schools and our hospitals over the years.  During her later years she served as the portress (receptionist) of the monastery.  She had all the qualifications laid out for that role in The Rule of Benedict: “a sensible older person who knows how to […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Pauline Lammers

July 29, 2019

Sister Pauline Lammers 1907-2000 Sister Pauline was a natural at nursing. She was named “Crookston Nurse of the Year” in 1976.  Once asked what she thought might be her greatest achievement, she replied, “Bearing witness to Christ by caring for the sick….I don’t know if I ever achieved it.”  We think she did. This is […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Cresentia Gallagher

July 28, 2019

Sister Crescentia Gallagher 1887-1946 Founding member In the years that Sister Crescentia nursed in our hospitals, there were no set hours, no days off.  She worked from early morning into the evening and rose in the middle of night if there were a call.  She worked hard and seriously.  There were four priests at her […]

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Sister of the Day: Sr. Cuthbert LaCoursiere

July 27, 2019

Sister Cuthbert LaCoursiere   1913-2004 Sister Cuthbert was a combination of Martha and Mary of the gospels—she was attentive in prayer and practical in action.  At the Mount she was beekeeper, candle maker and seamstress.  For over 30 years she served as housekeeper to three Bishops of the Diocese of Crookston and welcome was a word […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Blandina Murray

July 26, 2019

Sister Blandina Murray  1893 – 1986    Prioress (1949-1955),   Founding Member Sister Blandina Murray was born in Ontonagon, Michigan and began her Benedictine life in Duluth.   As our third prioress she oversaw the building of St. Francis Hospital in Crookston and the hospitals in Red Lake Falls and Browerville.  Sister Blandina was instrumental in creating one […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Milburga Bolin

July 25, 2019

Sister Milburga Bolin            1893-1946  Founding member   Sister Milburga was known by her hearty laugh and a characteristic question.  As she sailed like a queen into the community room for evening recreation, she would greet the Sisters with “What’s the news?”  For fun she would pretend to predict each Sister’s assignment for the coming […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Mary Magdelene Mulvey

July 24, 2019

Sister Mary Magdelene Mulvey  1900-1992 Sister Mary Magdelene was well-suited by temperament and education to teach speech and drama, which she did with distinction for both high school and college students. Her talents, out-going nature and personal warmth found further expression in the many civic organizations to which she belonged.  Sister Innocentia was her sister. […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Margaret Thueringer

July 23, 2019

Sister Margaret Thueringer  1928-2014 Sister Margaret’s positive attitude was contagious.  When she retired from many years of teaching, she continued to assist us in many ways.  Her joy was bringing Christ in communion to shut-ins.  Second to that was making rosaries from the seeds of the Job’s Tears plants she raised for that very purpose. […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Lucille Marie Adelman

July 22, 2019

Sister Lucille Marie Adelman 1933-2014 Sister Lucille Marie Adelman received her Bachelor of Arts degree in organ performance from the University of North Dakota.  She began her ministry as a kindergarten teacher and later became a spiritual director.  She also served many years as a pastoral administrator where her duties included “everything except administering the […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Memories of the Garden Shed and Garden Path

July 21, 2019

This was another large garden plot on Mount Saint Benedict monastery 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 “Peek Behind […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Going out to the Gardens

July 20, 2019

Sister Flora, garden supervisor, made her rounds in a golf cart.

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Sister of the Day: Sister Loretta Blasey

July 19, 2019

Sister Loretta Blasey 1914-2000 Students loved her. Her gentleness came with a beautiful smile and intelligent eyes.  And could she play softball!  Sister Agnes Blasey was her sister. 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 […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Laureen Winter

July 18, 2019

Sister Laureen (Perpetua) Winter  1910-1988 Sister Laureen was a “no nonsense” person who met the foibles of others with kindness and humor.  With neatness and vigor, she worked at and managed kitchens and laundries.  She welcomed diversity and was unperturbed by change. She seemed confident in herself and certain about God.  Her sister was Sister […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Justina Violette

July 17, 2019

Sister Justina Violette  1917-2001  Sister Justina was a friend of the poor.  She was cook and housekeeper at the bishop’s residence in Crookston when she began to feed the hungry from his back door.  One Christmas she gave away the bishop’s roast beef dinner!  Her work led to the establishment of Care and Share, which […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Irene Cote

July 16, 2019

Sister Irene Cote 1893-1979  Founding member Mount Saint Benedict community was founded in May 1919 and Sister Irene took her final vows there that very summer. Her greatest joy was prayerful care of the chapel.  She had an innate interest in and concern for everyone she served.  She embraced retirement and was so glad it […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Hyacinthe Sobtzak

July 15, 2019

Sister Hyacinthe Sobtzak  1904-1984 Polish was Sister Hyacinthe’s first language.  She began speaking English in first grade.  School was a huge part of her life.  She taught for fifty years!  Sister Hyacinthe was spontaneously generous, affectionate, reverent and above all sincere.  She was always herself. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Germanna Marthaler

July 14, 2019

Sister Germana Marthaler   1927-2015 Teacher, secretary, bookkeeper and sports fan, Sister Germana was also the repairer of any small gadget.  She had all the tools!  She loved her dog, Dancer. 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: A Bumper Crop!

July 13, 2019

A bumper crop—ten peas in a pod! 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 […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Denise Schonhardt

July 12, 2019

Sister Denise Schonhardt   Birthday July 12 Sister Denise has been either captain or crew–or both–of our development office since 1990.  If you receive The Crookston Benedictine magazine, you’ve seen her artistic talent and training come to the fore in the layout and graphics.  If you have been in her vicinity, you’ve heard her hearty laugh. […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Hilda Powers

July 11, 2019

Sister Hilda Powers  1870-1944 We have no clear photograph of Sister Hilda and her records give three different guesses at her year of birth.  But we do know at least three things about her on the best authority (the other Sisters): she was born in Plattsburg, New York; she took her responsibility for her work […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The 1997 Mount Gardens

July 10, 2019

A view of the Mount garden in 1997. 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 Ernesta LaCoursiere

July 9, 2019

Sister Ernesta LaCoursiere    1905 – 1974 Service was Sister Ernesta’s watchword.  She was often the first to volunteer for extra work and the last to leave the job at the end of the day.  She taught primary grades in the school we staffed in Texas.  When the traditional school year wound down she put her […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Carol Jean Schroeder

July 8, 2019

Sister Carol Jean Schroeder    Birthday July 8 Sister Carol Jean is a crackerjack secretary.  One of her cherished assignments was a five-year stint at the national office of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in Washington, DC.   She resides at The Summit in Crookston. Many a bride has carried a bouquet embellished with one of […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Grilling Out!

July 7, 2019

Sisters Karen and Mary Daniel are roasting wieners in Mary Mount farm yard. 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: Shelling Peas

July 6, 2019

Sisters shelling peas from the Mount garden 1996 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 Myra Schmieg

July 5, 2019

Sister Myra Schmieg   Birthday July 8 Sister Myra is our community treasurer—and a baseball fan who pinch-hits for us. Formally trained as a dietitian and an accountant and well-practiced at homemaking skills, she is equally at home in the bakery and the board room.  She counts cash, calories and Twins’ wins.   We count on her. […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Constance Suedbeck

July 4, 2019

Sister Constance Suedbeck  1925-2016 Sister Constance believed in the goodness of God, hard work, onions, spinach, vinegar and garlic!  She added a sure alto voice to our schola (choir) and a sure lead to any old-time dance.  She was out-going, generous and frank.  If you ever met Connie, you remember her. This is the 100th […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Celine Williams

July 3, 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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Sister of the Day: Sister Carmella Buckley

July 2, 2019

Sister Carmella Buckley 1913-2013 What a joy to recall one of our centenarians during the centennial year of Mount Saint Benedict.  Sister Carmella loved music, teaching, and especially, directing liturgical music.  While conversing with her younger sister, Sister Brigetta, about heaven, she quipped, “What if I don’t like it?”  She was a delightful storyteller. This […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Vivian Petersen

July 1, 2019

Sister Vivian Petersen  Birthday July 1 Sister Vivian has retired from her most recent ministry as parish administrator in Dawson, Minnesota.  Now she is a settled, serene and loving presence to us at the Mount.  “I always try to get along with everyone,” she says.  “If someone is a bit difficult I just give them […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sisters on West Campus lawn

June 30, 2019

Sisters are outdoors enjoying the west campus 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 […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Flora Klier

June 29, 2019

Sister Flora Klier 1924-2015 Could the Mount gardener have any better name than “Flora”?   Here she is with Buttons, the dog, in the golf cart she drove to the far and near acres of the vegetable garden. 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 Agatha Hermann

June 28, 2019

Sister Agatha Herrman   Birthday July 1 Sister Agatha has always enjoyed working outdoors.  In her leisure now at the Mount, she likes to read and do word puzzles.  She is happy person–especially when the Minnesota Twins win!   Her sisters are Sister Petronilla and Sister Olivia. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Secunda Wilshusen

June 27, 2019

Sister Secunda Wilshusen  1898-1958   Pioneer member This hearty Sister did not know how to whisper!  She was a successful, fair-minded principal and teacher of math, physics and history.  She was orphaned at a young age, barely survived the epic Cloquet fire, was baptized as a teenager, joined the Duluth Benedictines and volunteered for Crookston.  Expect […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Rita Parenteau

June 26, 2019

Sister Rita Parenteau  1909 – 1999 Over the years Sister Rita served as business manager at three of our hospitals: St. Vincent’s and St. Francis in Crookston and St. John’s in Browerville.  She especially enjoyed her service as parish visitor at St. Joseph’s in Moorhead, MN.  She was a soft-spoken person remembered by many patients […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Patricia Fitzpatrick

June 25, 2019

Sister Patricia Fitzpatrick 1906-1997 Scholar and teacher, Sister Patricia claimed that her greatest joy was drawing out the genius of shy persons, who are generally devalued.  She collaborated with Thomas Merton in translating from the Latin selections of the writings of John Cassian.  And she wrote an account of our first fifty years as a […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Mary Ann Welsch

June 24, 2019

Sister Mary Ann (Mary William) Welsch  1933-2004 Sister Mary Ann told of herself that she came to high school at Mount Saint Benedict Academy as a very shy teenager.  As a Sister, she blossomed into a leader and a doer.  We knew her as a fine teacher, an outstanding school principal, a good and generous […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sisters in the Bee Yard

June 23, 2019

Sisters Cuthbert LaCoursiere and Alexia Muggli working in the Mount bee yard. 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: Mount Saint Benedict Candle House

June 22, 2019

This building on the Mount campus was the candle house that produced beeswax candles for many, many years.  It was the former Munn home. 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 Mary Margaret DeGagne

June 21, 2019

Sister Margaret Mary DeGagne 1906-1991  Sister Margaret Mary had a love for local history and her zest for life made her a delightful storyteller with a passion for scripture and Paul Bunyan tales.  She received many awards for her published works which included The Psalms for Children and Women in the Bible.  In 1967 she […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Anne DeMers

June 20, 2019

Sister Anne Demers  Birthday June 28 Sister Anne is our talented keyboard accompanist at Mass and has composed many of our hymns.  Aside from piano or puzzles (cryptograms especially), Sister Anne takes a serious interest in social justice issues.  Do you want to discuss politics? This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Margaret Ann Eischens

June 19, 2019

Sister Margaret Ann (James) Eischens  1916-2008 Sister Margaret Ann knew the Benedictine motto, “work and pray”. She had a heart for the poor and for prayer.  In the 1940’s, Sister James, as she was called then, was among of the first to catechize the children of Spanish-speaking migrant workers who came to the Red River […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Leocadia Hilber

June 18, 2019

Sister Leocadia Hilber 1897-1995 Founding member   Cheerful and clear-minded to the end, Sister Leocadia is remembered for her years as Mount St. Benedict’s indefatigable librarian and for her hearty laugh.  She responded to a question about her retirement with “Well, for one thing I never retired.  I’m still not retired.  I just don’t go […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Shawn Carruth

June 17, 2019

Sister Shawn Carruth   Birthday June 18   Prioress 2016- We elected this scholar, teacher and lover of monastic life to be the present prioress of our community.  Sister Shawn has taken the Benedictine vow of stability—still, her motto is “Have passport. Will travel!”   She is shown here with Concordia students exchanging gifts with the patriarch of […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sacred Heart Chapel

June 16, 2019

The  Mount Saint Benedict chapel and office building built in 1994. 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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A Peek Behind the Veil: On the Way to the Garden

June 15, 2019

Sisters young—and old—on their way to the garden. 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 Karen Violette

June 14, 2019

Sister Karen Violette   Birthday June 18 Sister Karen recalls the moment she decided she wanted to be a Sister. She was a second grader serving hot cocoa to her classmates after Mass and noticed how good it felt to serve others.  She has done that in many roles and was—even at a small Benedictine community […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Jane Francis Sullivan

June 13, 2019

Sister Jane Frances Sullivan   1923-1997 Sister Jane Frances was a classroom teacher, a lover of nature, an empathizer with those in pain and an incessant talker.  Her happy spirit seemed undaunted by the physical infirmities she suffered most of her life.  She was a friend to us and to our dog, Buttons. This is the […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Ignatius Rolle

June 12, 2019

Sister Ignatius Rolle  1903-1989 Sister Ignatius served in many ways–librarian for the Mount academy,  receptionist for St. Vincent’s Home and cashier for St. Mary’s Hospital—and not the least by her lovely, hopeful presence even when she lost her sight.  Knowing blindness very well, she said, “If we could look at things with God’s eyes, life […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Hedwige Siminski

June 11, 2019

Sister Hedwige Siminski  1902-1973   Sister Hedwige began as a creative classroom teacher.  In 1931 she contracted TB and lived with poor health from then on.   She doubtless lived up to her claim, “No matter what happens, there is never an excuse for not being a lady.”  Sister Stanislaus was her younger sister. This is […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Geraldine Mann

June 10, 2019

Sister Geraldine Mann   1913-1991 Her kindness and good humor were towering, but Sister Geraldine herself was really short.   She worked in food service and we all know the story of the time she reached into the flour bin and fell in head first! This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Lots of Bread!

June 9, 2019

Sister Mary Martin Bias in the old Mount bakery; 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” […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Clowns!

June 8, 2019

Who are these clowns?  They’re Sisters, in our past clown ministry! 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 Felicitas Winter

June 7, 2019

Sister Felicitas Winter  1906-2002   Sister Felicitas was a consistently happy person.  She was ready with an engaging smile and a wise, encouraging word.  Her happy laughter lingered in a room after she left it. This excellent cook surprised us with delicious snacks.  What a joy!   Her sister was another great cook, Sister Laureen (Perpetua). […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Eleanor Stadwick

June 6, 2019

Sister Eleanor (Aloysia Statkiewicz) Stadwick  1910-1996 Sister Eleanor, undaunted by any assignment, was teacher or principal or both in many schools in the Crookston diocese.  She mentored many a budding teacher.   She used her artistic abilities in and out of the classroom.  She was one of the first to work in our fledgling candle-making industry.  […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Caroline Liebl

June 5, 2019

Sister Caroline Liebl  1916-2014 Sister Caroline excelled as a classroom teacher—who knew exactly when to surprise her students with a shower of peanuts in the shell!   Always young at heart, in retirement she found many avenues to express her energy and love of people of all ages. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Benigna Schneider

June 4, 2019

Sister Benigna Schneider 1896-1981 Sister Benigna is a legend! She was the first to plant and tend and oversee the harvest of those vast vegetable gardens and fruitful orchards at the Mount.  And it became her life’s work.  The produce of that garden fed us Sisters, the Mount Academy students and many others when altogether […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Agnes Blasey

June 3, 2019

Sister Agnes Blasey 1906-1991           Already five feet six inches tall, she entered high school at eleven years of age.  And as a Sister with remarkable gifts of intellect and determination, she applied herself to become a very proficient nurse.  Sister Loretta Blasey was her sister. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Spring Tulips!

June 2, 2019

It’s spring! 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 day during the […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: The Marian Shrine

June 1, 2019

The Marian shrine on Mount Saint Benedict 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 entire year.   Take a “Peek Behind the Veil” and watch […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Anita Whalen

May 31, 2019

Sister Anita Whalen   Birthday June 3 For more than thirty years Sister Anita practiced dentistry in Warren, MN. Before that, she says, she impersonated a classroom teacher and is now impersonating the monastery archivist/librarian.  She especially enjoys introducing our copy of The Saint John’s Bible to interested groups.  Her current motto: “I’m not as sharp […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Rochelle Kielty

May 30, 2019

Sister Rochelle Kielty 1918-2006 Sister Rochelle attracted friends of all stripes, churched or unchurched.  Whatever service she undertook—and she had many responsible jobs in her life—she made it a vivacious service.  No doubt the other souls in heaven know she’s there. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Pancratius Thomas

May 29, 2019

Sister Pancratius Thomas  1890-1977  Founding member Sister Pancratius was born in Texas. She became a Catholic in 1903 and a Benedictine sister in 1908.  She survived a small pox epidemic. She fled the epic 1918 Cloquet forest fire.  She was the first volunteer to venture from Duluth to join our new Crookston community.  She was […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Modesta Clemen

May 28, 2019

Sister Modesta Clemen   1908-2006 Sister Modesta was a teacher who embraced St. Benedict’s instructions on humility.  Her greatest joy was to take part in the Benedictine Liturgy of the Hours.  When asked what she was most grateful for her response was, “my vocation to the Benedictine family of MSB.” This is the 100th Centennial of […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Mary Zejdlik

May 27, 2019

Sister Mary (Wenceslaus) Zejdlik  1900-1995 As a young woman, Sister Mary Z. was one of the first to join Mount Saint Benedict community.  She was the special nurse to Mother Eustacia and to Bishop Corbett.  She was an ardent student of medicine, a consummate professional, an innovator and an undying missionary at heart.  If we […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sr. Mary Leonard’s Madonna and Child

May 26, 2019

Sister Veronica Kavanaugh’s multimedia 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: Past Mount Flower Gardens

May 25, 2019

A section of a flower garden at the Mount. 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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Sister of the Day: Sister Mary Leonard Nester

May 24, 2019

Sister Mary Leonard Nester  1912 – 2000 Sister Mary Leonard was an artist and teacher of art who loved every beautiful thing.  She decorated candles and painted boxes that held the “Honey Goodies” we once produced. Even when her eyesight was failing she continued her painting.  Some of you may have received a Christmas card […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Martha Esser

May 23, 2019

Sister Martha Esser 1907-2007 Sister Martha used to wonder why she had to wait so long to go home to heaven. Her younger sister, Sister Lucy, died when she was seventeen.  Sister Martha was a homemaker for the Sisters with whom she lived—cooking, cleaning, laundering. She is remembered as a wise and loving woman whose […]

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