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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Development Office welcomes Sr. Minona Anne to staff

Sr. Minona Anne D’Souza recently joined the Development Office staff as Development Assistant.  In this role she is assisting Sr. Karen Ann Lortscher, Development Director, in many aspects of office operations, including working with publications, data entry, tracking of gifts and donations, sending acknowledgements to donors, and more. Sr. Minona…

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Summer newsletter – published, mailed, and now available online!

The Summer 2020 issue of Benedictine Update, our biannual newsletter, was placed in the mail to our friends and family in mid-July.  We share with you here a pdf version of the issue.  It has many quotes from our Sisters about this time of quarantine, and wise words from our…

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Sisters gather for annual summer meetings

Sister Tonette, Prioress, chaired the meetings. This past week, the Sisters gathered for their annual summer meetings.  These meetings provide us with the opportunity to review shared business, discuss important topics, and simply enjoy being together.  This year, in addition to the usual business of the…

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Virtual conferences provide opportunities for Sisters

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused most if not all Benedictine and other Religious Life conferences scheduled for this summer to move on-line via Zoom or other platforms.  An unexpected benefit of this is that more of our Sisters have been able to attend given the lack of need for travel…

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