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Sr. Delora Schweitzer
"I am HAPPY to be a Benedictine!"
Why did I become a Sister? Particularly, why did I become a Benedictine?
My parents were simple folk of deep faith and love for God. Their faith, love of prayer and love of family were a strong influence on us. As we were growing up, the family participated in religious events in neighboring towns, especially in First Holy Communion celebrations. The role of the Sisters on these occasions impressed me deeply.
After the 8th grade, I attended St. Benedict's Academy for girls in St. Joseph, Minn. During high school, I had every opportunity to observe religious life in action. My observation of community life, prayer life and various works, including teaching and nursing, gave me much to think about. I was attracted to religious life; attracted in a way that made me want to be a part of the Benedictine Community. I wanted to share my life with those I had learned to know, love and trust. My senior year in high school was an exciting one. Graduation lay ahead and I had made up my mind to become a Benedictine Sister. My parents and family were supportive of this decision.
I felt apprehension, anxiety, wonder and the excitement of challenge as I prepared to leave home to become a religious. Opportunities for spiritual growth were readily available at St. Benedict's. These were complimented by a career in teaching. After undergraduate and graduate studies, I taught in elementary schools in Dickinson, Mandan, and in Bismarck.
To "round out" the spiritual and educational values of religious life, my hobbies are fancywork, reading, sewing, and sports-wise, a Marauder fan. In retrospect, the priority I have given to the daily recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, the Eucharistic Liturgy, and community life have made my years filled with love, joy and service to God's people. I am HAPPY to be a Benedictine!