Two Women Enter Postulancy

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Two Women Enter Postulancy

On Wednesday, September 1, 2011, Linda Sellards and Elizabeth Farias were accepted as Postulants by the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, Minnesota. 

Postulant Linda Sellards declares her desire to become a Postulant.
Postulant Linda Sellards
  Postulant Elizabeth Farias proclaims her wish to become a Postulant.
Postulant Elizabeth Farias

After satisfactorily completing the Affiliate stage of Initial Formation, Linda and Elizabeth have now moved into the Monastery where they will participate in the prayer, work, and life of the Community while taking classes in Scripture, prayer, and Benedictine history.  This Postulant stage is a period of transition to the Benedictine life that may last from a minimum of six months to two years.

Postulancy Gifts of Prayer Books, medals, aprons
Prayer books, St. Benedict medals, aprons
  Postulants and their Director Sister Michelle Dosch (front row)
At prayer books, a medal of St. Benedict, and an apron were given to each of them.  These symbolize commitment to the Benedictine life of prayer, community, and work.

Sister Michelle Dosch, the Director of Postulants and Novices, will be their guide. Postulant Elizabeth hails from Early, Iowa and Postulant Linda is from Hermantown, Minnesota.  Both expressed excitement, gratitude, and joy upon being received by the St. Scholastica Benedictine Community.

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