Praying for Peace on Election Day

The Benedictine Sisters of Cullman will join over 175 Congregations of women religious in praying for peace around the clock on November 3rd, Election Day.  As part of these 24 hours of perpetual prayer, our community has volunteered to pray from 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM.  Our Sisters will also…

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All Souls’ Day – procession and prayer

The Sisters made their annual All Souls’ Day procession to the monastic cemetery this afternoon, praying Vespers and remembering each of the Sisters (and a few others) who are buried there.  This is a treasured time for us – remembering and honoring those who have gone before us, and seeking…

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Celebrating a Jubilee

Today, the Sisters joyfully celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Sister Eileen Gallagher.  The festive event marked 50 years of Religious Life for Sister Eileen.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration was limited to the monastic community.  Fr. Joel Martin, OSB,  joined us as Presider.  Sister Tonette Sperando, Prioress, received…

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Community welcomes a visiting Sister for year of residency

With a simple yet meaningful ritual, the monastic community recently welcomed Sister Edith Bogue, OSB, into our midst for a Year of Residency with the community.  Sister Edith is a member of St. Scholastica Monastery  in Duluth, MN, and will spend this year in Cullman participating fully in the life…

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Celebrating our beautiful Chapel

The chapel is quiet and ready before Mass. Today marks the 89th Anniversary of the Dedication of Sacred Heart Monastery Chapel.  The community celebrated with a festive Mass to mark the occasion.  We share with you below the reflection given by Sr. Tonette Sperando, Prioress, to…

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Oblates gather on-line for annual retreat

This year’s Oblate Retreat was, in important ways, the same as usual – a good retreat director, a theme that provoked reflection and spiritual growth, and Oblates of our monastery gathered in community.  However the present pandemic required a vastly different approach – an on-line retreat and gathering via Zoom. …

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Retreat Center begins on-line ministry

The Retreat Center has now completed its second on-line retreat using Zoom, with three more on-line programs scheduled for this fall. The feedback from participants has been enthusiastic and grateful.  Among the comments: “Sister Mary did a wonderful job connecting us to her and sharing her stories. It really made…

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Sisters featured in Walking for Peace video

Two of our Sisters represented Alabama in a video recently created by The Sisters of St. Francis of Clinton, Iowa and the Franciscan Peace Center.  The video was created in honor of the International Day of Peace on September 20 and features people from all walks of life and each…

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Community welcomes Postulant

The monastic community recently received a new Postulant as they welcomed Margaret Siffert into their midst.  Margaret will spend the next year taking classes related to monastic life, working within the monastery and the community’s ministries, getting acquainted with the community, and continuing to discern her call. In these photos,…

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