Almost three years ago I made my First Monastic Profession.
During these three years experiencing life as a professed member of St. Scholastica Monastery, I have grown in my understanding of and my commitment to the Benedictine way of life as lived in the three-fold profession of Stability, Fidelity to the Monastic Way of Life, and Obedience.
Through study, prayer, and discernment I have come to understand and believe that Monastic Profession is one commitment that is comprised in three promises. (It is three yet one, very Trinitarian.) These promises, although distinct in action, are unified in their purpose and call to holiness. When promised together and lived faithfully, Stability, Fidelity, and Obedience flow and work together as the life-giving foundation for Benedictine Monastic Life. Like the three legs of a milk stool, each part of the Monastic Profession is needed to support the whole. Each part of the Profession is important. Each in its own way deserves dedication, attention, and commitment.
As I near my anticipated Perpetual Profession I plan to share more of my thoughts. I was wondering what you want to know. So please tell me. Here is your chance to ask a Sister who is nearing her life-long commitment any question you want. What do you want me to share about my Profession Thoughts?
Sister Lisa Maurer
Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Before entering the Monastery, she taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa made her first Monastic Profession in August 2009. Her first ministry was working at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth. Currently she is the Mission Integration Manager of the Benedictine Health System. See all of Sister Lisa’s posts.