It’s National Catholic Sisters Week, March 9-14, 2020!

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It’s National Catholic Sisters Week, March 9-14, 2020!

Sisters are celebrating this week, recalling their history of diligent and prayerful service to the people of the United States, and looking ahead to an unknown but thriving future.

Here are a few ways we live out our charism as Benedictine women.

Sister Danile Lynch, our treasurer, was instrumental in the sale of Saint Anthony’s Center in Duluth to New Hope For Families for a mere $2.00. The former St. Anthony’s rectory is now a family foster home. Future possibilities in this space include community education, summer camps, mission service work, and various community events such as art and music.

Sister Lois Eckes, our Hospitality Coordinator, is a board member of the Damiano Center in Duluth, the largest emergency meal provider in Northeastern Minnesota and the largest free store in Duluth. The Center provides children’s programming, a clothing program specifically for people seeking employment, and referrals and other basic assistance.

Sister Dorene King, director of McCabe Renewal Center in Duluth, keeps the center running smoothly and facilitates programs for children that promote their creativity and self-confidence

Sisters Arlene Kleeman and Lois Ann Glaudel, elementary school teachers in Chicago, help provide a Catholic education to children, many of whom are recent immigrants. Set in an impoverished neighborhood, the school has a very high graduation rate and most children go on to complete high school and earn college degrees.

Sister Lisa Maurer, director of Vocations, also organizes continuing religious formation sessions for the Sisters. She ministers to the athletes at The College of St. Scholastica.

Sister Sue Fortier, a chaplain at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, talks with patients undergoing surgery and to their family members, and brings consolation after a death. She feels honored and humbled to listen to others’ stories.

Sister Kathleen Del Monte, Associate Vice President for Mission Integration at The College of St. Scholastica, helps newcomers learn about our Benedictine heritage. With her help, the College lives out the values drawn from the Rule of Benedict, exploring ways to give expression to our rich legacy.

Sister Pauline Micke collects and delivers clothing and hygiene supplies to Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center, where women and children who have endured domestic violence find a safe space to heal and become self-sufficient again. She especially looks for professional clothing for people getting back on their feet and re-entering the work force.

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