National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source

'Young' Benedictines meet for historic gathering

 | 

ATCHISON, KAN. -- Nearly 100 Benedictine women who represent the future of the community in the United States gathered for the first meeting of its kind earlier this year at Mount St. Scholastica here in the nation’s Heartland.

The women, who are 55 and younger, came to Atchison at the end of January for the first nationwide gathering of women from all Benedictine monasteries in the United States and Puerto Rico.

One of the organizers, Sr. Bridget Dickason of Atchison, said it has become apparent that, given their smaller numbers, women in the 55-and-under age group need to cross federation lines, become better-acquainted, network and cooperate with each other.

The gathering was aimed at providing a forum for younger sisters to meet, forge relationships, discuss common interests and learn from Benedictine leaders how to maintain an ancient monastic tradition in a 21st-century world.

Sr. Vicki Ix of Bristow, Va., one of the organizers, said the gathering was "historic."

09-12-2014_health.jpgTake a sneak peak inside our Health & Well-Being special section. These articles only available in the print newspaper and Kindle edition, so subscribe today!

"This was the first time we came together to address a certain population in the Benedictine world," Ix said. "This age group is very vibrant, at the height of generativity. We’re the worker bees, with gifts we want to give. I can’t underestimate the power of the gesture. The common thread is the hope, the common vision of a future....We all left very jacked up about being Benedictine."

Opening remarks by Benedictine historian Sr. Ephrem Hollermann of St. Joseph, Minn., laid the groundwork for the rest of the four-day meeting. Hollermann told the stories of pioneer Benedictine women who came to the United States in the 1800s to start communities despite incredible obstacles.

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at Disqus.com/verify.
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

 

Feature-flag_GSR_start-reading.jpg

NCR Email Alerts

 

In This Issue

September 12-25, 2014

09-12-2014.jpg

Not all of our content is online. Subscribe to receive all the news and features you won't find anywhere else.