Connection with the Sisters

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Connection with the Sisters

Ever since coming to St. Scholastica Monastery in 2007 as a Postulant, I have felt a connection with the Sisters.  There is something true and genuine about Benedictine Hospitality.  The Sisters, from day one, have welcomed me into their monastic community.  I admire these women who have given their lives to God and service within the Church.  They give me such a wonderful example of “the good zeal which monks must foster with fervent love” (Rule of Benedict 72:3).   I have grown to love and admire these women as friends and, well, as Sisters.

Sisters Lisa and Rita Ann

Every day I try to spend some time with one of these special Sisters who has become my friend, Sister Rita Ann.  During our visits, we talk about my day and hers; what was for lunch or what happened at my work in the parish.  Sometimes, she tells me stories of her work at the Orphanage and I talk to her about my years of coaching and teaching.  But this past week we did something special.  We went shopping!  Sister Rita Ann and I spent an afternoon out and about.  We had a great time! 

I love my Sisters!


Sister Lisa Maurer is a Sister of the St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota. Born and raised in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, before entering the Monastery, Sister Lisa taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa made her first Monastic Profession in August 2009. She currently ministers at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth.



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