Sister Judine Mayerle and Sister Jean Maher celebrated their Golden Jubilees September 8, 2012, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, St. Scholastica Monastery.
Sister Judine Mayerle – 50 years
Sister Judine Mayerle, from Bovey, Minnesota, enrolled at The College of St. Scholastica as a double major in English and History and entered the Benedictine Community during her sophomore year. She taught at Cathedral High School, earned a Master’s degree in Motion Picture History/Criticism at UCLA, then taught at The College of St. Scholastica.
After earning her Ph.D. in Television History/Criticism and Mass Communication Law from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, she taught at Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, then chaired the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication at Marquette University, Milwaukee.
She left highereducation to become an “almost” full-time writer. Her first novel is near publication. She has served on numerous Monastery committees and the CSS board. She is also writing a social/cultural history of her monastic Community and chairing the Community’s Strategic Planning. Of her fifty years as a Benedictine, she said, “The plans God has for us are so much better than what we might design for ourselves.”
Sister Jean Maher – 50 years
Sister Jean Maher is the director of McCabe Renewal Center where she is offering retreats and spiritual direction as well as serving on the training team for spiritual directors in the Shalom program. She is a member of the leadership team for the Association of Benedictine Retreat Centers in the United States and Canada and also serves on the Monastic Council at the Monastery. In the past she has served her Community as oblate director, subprioress, vocation director, and initial formation director.
Outside of the Monastery she has served on the administrative team at the Warrenville Cenacle in Illinois, and the Benedictine Spirituality Center in Richardton, North Dakota. Her other ministries included serving as a campus minister at DePaul University in Chicago and associate director of campus ministry at the University of San Diego in California.
Her earlier years of ministry in Community were spent teaching at the elementary and high school levels and directing religious education programs in parishes. That included St. Peter’s Parish and St. John’s Parish in Duluth, Our Mother of Sorrows Parish in Cincinnati, Sacred Heart Parish in Cloquet, and Cathedral High School in Duluth.