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Public Installation of Sister Nicole Kunze as Prioress - May 21, 2016
(Photo by Jerry Anderson Photography)
Family and friends of the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Bismarck, attended the installation of Sister Nicole Kunze, OSB, as the ninth prioress of Annunciation Monastery on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel. Sister Nicole succeeds Sister Nancy Miller, who has served eight years as prioress.
Sister Nicole Kunze, OSB, offered the following reflection at her public installation:
(May 21, 2016)
Thank you for helping our community celebrate this wondrous day. We, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, have been an independent community in the Diocese of Bismarck for almost 70 years, though our presence actually goes back to 1878. From the first day the sisters stepped off the train in Bismarck to this day, we have strived to serve the needs of the people of this region. In doing that, we have always collaborated with others. We could not have done any of it without the help of others. Many of you who are here today have been partners with us in our various endeavors – CHI St. Alexius Health, the University of Mary, Ministry on the Margins, parish work, and parochial schools throughout the diocese. We thank you for your help and we look forward to continuing to work with you.
As Benedictine Sisters, we seek God together in community. We support each other in this call. The first word of the Rule of Benedict is "Listen". We listen to God, we listen to each other in community, we listen to those we interact with each day. God's voice comes to us through the everyday occurrences of life. Paying attention to God's voice is what helps us live this way of life with what St. Benedict calls "good zeal", the way that leads to God and everlasting life.
As part of our discernment and election process, we sisters listened to each other and raised up five major areas or directions we want to concentrate on during the next four years: leadership, membership, community life, ministries, and sponsorship. We are developing goals and strategies that will call us to continue faithfully living our Benedictine way of life while stretching ourselves to respond to the needs of this time in our history. Benedictines have been around for over 15 hundred years and we are proud to be a part of that legacy. Our founding sisters dared to come to the prairies of North Dakota and start new ventures and we are called to continue on in that spirit. Trusting in God's abiding love and each other, we will move into that future ready to serve.