Renewal in the spirit of St. Benedict

Mother Mary Susan, no longer Prioress but still President of the Congregation of St. Scholastica, led the General Chapters of Renewal which were held in Chicago in 1968 and 1969.

These pivotal meetings of prioresses and delegates from the Congregation’s member monasteries were held in order to revise the Congregation’s Constitution in light of Vatican II’s call to religious communities to undertake the task of renewal and a return to the spirit of the founder.

The Renewal Chapters resulted in the revision of the Congregation’s Constitution and the adoption of the term Federation to describe the group of federated Benedictine monasteries. The new Constitution of the Federation (now Monastic Congregation) of St. Scholastica, Call to Life, would be finally approved by the Vatican in 1988.