February 10 is the Feast Day of St. Scholastica, the patron saint of St. Scholastica Monastery and The College of St. Scholastica. She is beloved by the Benedictine Community because she was a religious not only early in her life, but early in the beginnings of monastic life. She was the abbess of Plumbariola, the first “Benedictine” convent. The staff and book often seen in her hands indicate her role as an abbess and as a follower of The Holy Rule. The dove is part of a wonderful story about her brother Benedict and her death.
You can read more about her in the article “Saint Scholastica, Virgin and Religious Founder, Twin Sister of Benedict” and “Who Is St. Scholastica?” and in Dialogues, Book II (Life and Miracles of St. Benedict) written by Gregory the Great (c. 540-604).
On our St. Scholastica grounds, the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery joined in celebrating this feast day with the young men and women of The College of St. Scholastica. The annual tradition of offering varieties of donuts and cold juice to the students, staff, and faculty in two places in their buildings was put forth again. The Sisters also gave everyone handouts about our patron saint, a wrist band saying “St. Scholastica – Feast Day 2014” and a label to wear on our clothes to remind each other of this special day.
Quoting from “Who is St. Scholastica?”:
Scholastica was outstanding for her simplicity and faith. She spoke to God directly, in reverent familiarity, without complex or elaborate ritual. As an abbess, St. Scholastica instilled in her nuns the necessity of living in accordance with the great Benedictine aim: “That in all things God may be glorified.”
The Benedictine sisterhoods flourished under Scholastica and through the years to the present day. She demonstrated great faith and felt that it was more important to tend the needs of others than to follow a rule rigidly. St. Gregory the Great said of Scholastica, “She could do more, because she loved more.”
The Benedictine values of prayer, work, study, and community, reverence, and respect are hallmarks of the life of St. Scholastica. . . .
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Happy Feast Day!