I had the great privilege of attending the Monastic Institute at St. John’s Abbey. It was a wonderful experience. The goal of these days was to inspire reflection and conversation on matters concerning monastic life. Our week was filled with a variety of talks given by some outstand people. I was amazed time and time again by the wisdom and knowledge that were before me. These days have deepened my love and awe of my monastic vocation. I am so thrilled to be a Benedictine!
One of the great things about going to workshops is meeting people. I loved seeing old friends (if someone who has only been a Benedictine for three years can have “old friends”) and making new friends. It was a blast to get together with the Sisters whom I met when I was a novice at NADI (Novice and Directors Institute). We laughed a lot and shared stories about what it is like to be a “new” Sister. I was edified to meet so many new friends who shared with me their spirit and showed me such good examples of what it is to live this Benedictine life.
Another bonus of this week was being on the beautiful grounds of St. John’s and praying with the monks in their gorgeous chapel. I was able to get lost in the splendor of the flowers and the grandeur of the lake (including the call of the loons) and rejoice in and give praise to God alongside my Benedcitne brothers and sisters—all adding to the wonderment of my time at the Monastic Institute.
I am grateful. God is good!
Sister Lisa Maurer
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.