Sister of the Day Archive

Sister of the Day: Sister Marcelline Riske

May 22, 2019

Sister Marcelline Riske  1922-2007 Sister Marcelline was dietary supervisor at a number of our hospitals.  She was a superb baker and a sparky, sparkling personality. She was crowned Queen of the Detroit Lakes Centennial and thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Hawaii that went with that honor. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Lucy Esser

May 21, 2019

Sister Lucy Esser 1909-1926   Hilda Esser was a postulant, that is, a person in the first stage of entrance into the new Mount St. Benedict community when she became mortally ill with encephalitis.  On her death bed she was invested in the holy habit of a Benedictine Sister, received the name of Lucy and made […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Lamberta Campbell

May 20, 2019

Sister Lamberta Campbell   1913-1997  Sister Lamberta was an outstanding biology teacher as only a lover of nature can be.   She was also a meticulous seamstress, talented woodcarver and excellent cook. 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: Flower Gardens at the Monastery

May 19, 2019

One of the flower gardens 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 watch […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Mother Eustacia, 1876 – 1936

May 18, 2019

Tombstone of Mother Eustacia Beyenka, the founding prioress of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. 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 Edwin McDunn

May 17, 2019

Sister Edwin McDunn  1917-2011 Sister Edwin was one of the first of our sisters who volunteered and were sent to staff a school in Bogota, Colombia.  She was teacher and principal at Colegio San Carlos for twenty-seven years.  She was a great prankster—just ask the sisters who lived with her. This is the 100th Centennial […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister DeChantal Welter

May 16, 2019

Sister DeChantal Welter   1911-2008 Sister DeChantal was a teacher and school principal and, in retirement, our receptionist at the desk in Marian Hall.  Bright and even-tempered, she knew when to keep silence and when to speak. Around her, peace prevailed. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.  Because of […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Xavier Reeves

May 15, 2019

Sister Xavier Reeves  1878-1958   Founding member Did she actually train to sing opera?  Was she part of a ballet troupe when she was very young?  Or was it the quality of her soprano voice and the grace with which she moved that teased out these conjectures?   Sister Xavier was born in Carthage, Ohio, entered religious […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Casimir Polansky

May 14, 2019

Sister Casimir Polansky 1903-2001 Sister Casimir was an elementary classroom teacher who enlivened her classes with experiences of music, dance and art.  She coached students who entered state spelling bee competitions.  More than one advanced to the national contests in Washington, DC and she delighted in the chance to accompany them. This is the 100th […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Borgia Hoffman

May 13, 2019

Sister Borgia Hoffman 1900-1999 At one time or another Sister Borgia taught practically every high school subject offered at the Mount. She later became director of occupational therapy at St. Vincent’s Rest Home and spent her last years with the loom weaving rugs for sale in our gift shop. This steady, sturdy, sensible, dauntless woman […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: More May Spring!

May 12, 2019

May, 2012: A tree in spring with Marian Hall in the background. 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: Spring Arrives in May!

May 11, 2019

Apple tree in bloom on Mount 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 this […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Bonaventure Merck

May 10, 2019

Sister Bonaventure Merck  1908-2000 Sister Bonaventure, RN, worked with mothers and newborns in our hospitals for over 50 years.  Pleasant and gentle, she had an innate sense of what each patient needed and she saw to it—perhaps an evening glass of beer.  She loved to ride her bike. This is the 100th Centennial of the […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Bernard O’Dea

May 9, 2019

Sister Bernard O’Dea 1865 – 1948 Sister Bernard was born in Ballytumulty, County Cork, Ireland.    She loved poetry.  As much as she tried, she could not keep order within the classroom; students could impress and thrill –or trick and distract–her by reciting lines of poetry from memory.  She was the portress (receptionist) of the monastery […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Lorraine Kraft

May 8, 2019

Sister Lorraine Kraft  Birthday May 10 Sister Lorraine can take time for a pleasant visit even while managing her duties in our liturgy office or preparing to play the organ for community worship.  She is an interested listener and can add to the conversation from her many experiences as a student, a teacher, an administrator […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Basil LeDuc

May 7, 2019

Sister Basil LeDuc  1910-2004 Sister Basil is a legend at Sacred Heart High School in East Grand Forks.  She taught math, English and anything else required.  Her students knew her to be tough but fair.   The Sisters she lived with knew she could cook plain food fancy! This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Auxilia Linneman

May 6, 2019

Sister Auxilia Linneman   1910-2005 Sister Auxilia supported the work of the Benedictine community by her multi-faceted domestic service.  She cooked, baked and kept the house so clean we called her our “Dutch Cleanser.”  We knew her comments would usually be brief but double: “Fine. Fine.”   “Well. Well.” “Thank you. Thank you.” This is the 100th […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: An Easter Parade?

May 5, 2019

Yes, an Easter parade! 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 […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Music!

May 4, 2019

Sisters Carmella Buckley and Pierre Roy providing the music for the Easter parade that is occurring out in the 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 […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Amata Benoit

May 3, 2019

Sister Amata Benoit   1912 – 1997 Peaceful, gentle, kind and artistic, there was nothing that Sister Amata couldn’t do.  She taught home economics and English, but you could also find her teaching dance.  In 1930 Sister Amata led the Crookston Cathedral School band. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict of […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Agatha Wagner

May 2, 2019

Sister Agatha Wagner  1906-1944 This Sister Agatha was born in Ada, Minnesota.  Leukemia took her when she was only thirty-eight, but not before she left us with memorable samples of her wisdom and wit.  She claimed, “You are only as big as the thing that made you mad.”  When one of the sisters asked her […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Cathi Merck

May 1, 2019

Sister Catherine (Natalie) Merck   1942-2019  Prioress 1999-2005      “C” is for Cathi—and the hat is her “handi-cap”!  For five  decades, Sister Cathi accommodated to ever-new challenges with multiple sclerosis.  Yet she brought her enthusiasm, good sense and grace to a wide array of assignments and roles.  Until her final illness you were likely to meet her […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Vincentia Schneider

April 30, 2019

Sister Vincentia Schneider  1909-1985 Sister Vincentia had qualms when she was given charge of the dietary department of St. Vincent’s Hospital until a visitor suggested that her role was vitally important to patients. She confidently supervised hospital dietary departments at St. Anthony’s in Mahnomen and St. John’s in Browerville.  She wrote to the local radio […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Pius Neumann

April 29, 2019

Sister Pius was once on a road trip to Ontario with her sister El to see their parents.  Midway through the journey they discovered that the gas gauge was on empty.  With no gas station in sight, Sister Pius dropped a Benedictine medal into the gas tank and– so the story goes–they continued driving for […]

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A Peak Behind the Veil: Mary Mount Farmhouse

April 28, 2019

Mary Mount farm house and other farm buildings on Mount Saint Benedict Monastery 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 […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Newborns at St. Francis Hospital

April 27, 2019

Sisters Enrica Arends and Bonaventure Merck with newborns in the new St. Francis Hospital nursery. 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 Paschal Martin

April 25, 2019

Sister Paschal Martin   Birthday June 27 Sister Paschal lost her eyesight years back but not her sense of humor.  She has always valued a good joke and a good time.  She has given most of us nicknames.  So we dubbed her “Paschal the Rascal”.  She resides at Villa St. Vincent. This is the 100th Centennial […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Winifred Deffe

April 24, 2019

Sister Winifred Deffe 1918-2010 Sister Winifred was a nurse with an endless repertoire of jokes.  When asked what most helped her in life, her response was, “I think a sense of humor has helped me over the hurdles.”  And she added, “I have enjoyed all my various careers — always knowing that I was helping […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Thecla Schmitz

April 23, 2019

Sister Thecla Schmitz  1877-1958  Founding member Sister Thecla’s serene presence and steady guidance were woven into the fabric of the Mount community.  She was the first principal of Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks, principal of Cathedral High School in Crookston and director of Mount Saint Benedict Academy.  In the role of subprioress, she […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Stanislaus Siminski

April 22, 2019

Sister Stanislaus Siminski  1910-1933 Sister Stanislaus is shown here on the day she made perpetual vows in 1931.  She taught for a short time in Red Lake Falls where she astounded the children and won their affection by her ability to out-bat and out run anyone in a ball game—and that in long habit and […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Carved Wooden Easter Eggs!

April 21, 2019

Sister Norma Jean Edie decorated these Easter eggs which she first carved out of wood. 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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A Peek Behind the Veil: Teachers at Work!

April 20, 2019

Sister Marmion Karels and her students. 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 Rossaria Richards

April 19, 2019

Sister Rosaria was an outstanding and innovative teacher whose ability to engage and encourage extended into her retirement years and reached people of all ages.  Over fifty years in the classroom she gave many youngsters a great start in their education.  And it didn’t hurt that she and a first grader could see eye to […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Odelia Worth

April 18, 2019

Sister Odelia Worth  1912-2004 Sister Odelia had a cheerful, gentle disposition.  She loved teaching youngsters and preparing them for receiving the sacraments.  And she was always ready for new experiences. Her top priority each day was prayer.  That’s probably why she always had a twinkle in her eye.  Her sister was Sister Hildegarde. This is […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Mary Charlotte Poppenberg

April 17, 2019

Sister Mary Charlotte Poppenberg   1915-1996 Sister Mary Charlotte was born in Kingston, Ontario. As a sister she taught elementary school students for over fifty years.  They may all have learned of her appreciation of beauty, her kindness and her faith.  She understood with the poet Keats that “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Macrina Winter

April 16, 2019

Sister Macrina Winter  1913-2009 Housekeeper, hostess, seamstress and cook, Sister Macrina is remembered especially for the decorated candles she produced at the Mount Candle House. She said, “It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do it for the love of God.” Do you still have one of her beeswax creations? This is […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Kathleen McGeary

April 15, 2019

Sister Kathleen (Colette) McGeary  Birthday April 17 Sister Kathleen is our current subprioress.  This is the third time a prioress has called her to be the second-in-command for our monastic community.   So you know that she is responsive and responsible.  You may also know that her stories  begin with “Long story short–” and end with […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Bishop Balke and the MSB Schola

April 14, 2019

Bishop Victor Balke and the Sisters’ schola praising God 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 […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Lots of Water at MSB

April 13, 2019

Spring melt on Mount grounds the year of the last major flood. 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 Joyce Selander

April 12, 2019

Sister Joyce Selander 1929-2002 Sister Joyce employed her abundant abilities in a variety of ways.  She brought high school students a bundle of skills in her English, speech and drama classes. She brought her experience and training to counselees.  And she gave her time and honed talents to our community in grant writing.   She brought […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Hyacinthe Sobtzak

April 11, 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 Genevieve Lemire

April 10, 2019

Sister Genevieve Lemire  1907-1957 Sister Genevieve could count 34 religious or priestly vocations among her relatives.  We wonder if any of them were any better than she in finding where to catch fish.  She supplied the Red Lake Falls convent table with several meals of fresh fish when she was still a novice. This is […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Florentine Goulet

April 9, 2019

Sister Florentine Goulet   1916-2015 Sister Florentine was a successful music teacher who became deaf in later life and embraced that impairment as an opportunity to become a paraprofessional peer counselor to deaf seniors.  Sister Anne Goulet was her sister. 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 Emmanuel Martin

April 8, 2019

Sister Emmanuel Martin 1890-1982   Sister Emmanuel enjoyed people.  She taught high school math and science classes and her students and companions could rely on her good humor and generous spirit.  Her frequent question was, “Can I help?”  Sisters Inez and Therese were her sisters. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint Benedict […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Educators of the Past!

April 7, 2019

Sister Rose Knoll and her geometry students. 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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A Peek Behind the Veil: Early Tulips!

April 6, 2019

Tulips at the Mount surprised by the snow. 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 Benedict Scholand

April 5, 2019

Sister Benedict Scholand  1905-1981 Sister Benedict was a teacher in parish schools and at Mount Saint Benedict Academy and our subprioress for nine years. The work she loved the most was always with Hispanic people—in migrant schools in our area, in Texas and in Colombia.  She voiced a desire to die among these people to […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Beata Barnes

April 4, 2019

 Sister Beata Barnes 1911–1999 Sister Beata, devoted whole-heartedly to whatever work she undertook, went from teaching to being a business manager and eventually serving as administrator of St. Vincent Rest Home.  She knew how to relax, have fun, and laugh over a good joke.  It was known that Sister Beata enjoyed a party more than […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Andrea Bruggeman

April 3, 2019

Sister Andrea Bruggeman 1911-1988  Sister Andrea held the title of administrator for many of the healthcare institutions of Mount Saint Benedict, and then worked at the chancery for 10 years.  When given her cancer diagnosis, she told the Bishop, “The die is cast.”  As the disease took its toll, a seminarian while visiting with her […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Dorothea Kripps

April 2, 2019

Sister Dorothea Kripps    June 27, 1915- It is apparent that Sister Dorothea wears her remarkable age remarkably well.  She resides now at Villa St. Vincent.  Her calm temperament and unfailing appreciation make her a favorite of those who care for her needs.  She often says, “You’re so good to me.”  Sister Dorothea Kripps was a […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Monica Forkey

April 1, 2019

Sister Monica Forkey 1882-1977 Founding member Prioress 1936-1949 From the beginning Sister Monica was an able and revered leader in our community and federation.  She had a shrewd mind for management and business. Add to that her quick and quiet sense of humor and her calm compassion for human foibles and you will understand why […]

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A Peek Behind the Veil: Sacred Heart’s 1922 Faculty

March 31, 2019

The 1922 faculty of Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks, 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 […]

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A Peak Behind the Veil: Early Traveling!

March 30, 2019

The Sisters’ one vehicle, the blue Chevrolet, with Sister Marie LeVasseur at the wheel. 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 Walburge Kassa

March 29, 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 the […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Veronica Kavanaugh

March 28, 2019

Sister Veronica Kavanaugh 1908-1979 Sister Veronica held that making art contributed to the development of the whole human person.   Her paintings of Saints Benedict and Scholastica, which grace our monastic dining room, are part of our daily nourishment.   Sisters Ida and Adelaide were her sisters. This is the 100th Centennial of the Sisters of Saint […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Stella Schafer

March 27, 2019

Sister Stella Schafer  1912-1990 After enjoying success as an elementary school teacher, Sister Stella was overtaken by multiple sclerosis.  She spent years under nursing care always hopeful of improvement, ready with a welcoming smile and a sparkle in her eyes. She was called “the Villa tease”.   In the 1970’s her poem, “My Love”, was set […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Rose Marie Boucher

March 26, 2019

Sister Rose Marie Boucher  1903-1986 Sister Rose Marie was a joyfilled person.  Her eyes laughed.  Despite increasingly limiting arthritis, she considered herself blest and spread blessings to those around her.  She would say, “Thank you, Lord, for—everything!”   Sister Rose Marie was born in East Grand Forks and spent her latter teaching years at Sacred Heart […]

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Sister of the Day: Sister Adeline Karels

March 25, 2019

Sister Adeline Karels   Birthday March 25 After years of serving as nurse and anesthetist, Sister Adeline is our Mount sacristan—a position for which her habits of orderliness and punctuality serve well.  Her hobbies include recycling greeting cards and listening to classical music.   She has had a major hand in providing those embroidered dish towels you […]

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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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