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Lenten Greetings from the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery!
March 28, 2017
Lenten greetings and prayers to you!
As disciples of Jesus, we are all called to learn and to share the Word of God. We Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery strive to do this through prayer, community, hospitality and service to others. We make a commitment to lifelong learning to preserve and share the wisdom that has strengthened religious life throughout the ages. The only way to bring this wisdom into the future is through the education of our new members and all of our sisters. We believe there is no end to learning and growing as we seek God together.
As we plan for new vocations, and the cost of educating and guiding them in how to live monastic life and serve God’s people, we ask for your help. Can we count on your donation of $50, $75, $100, $250 to assist in the initial formation of our new members and for the educational and spiritual growth of our sisters in ongoing formation? A gift of any size is greatly appreciated.
We teach our new members through a formal education program about “how and why” we do things the way we do. Our sisters teach classes on the Rule of St. Benedict, history, chant, Psalms and Liturgy of the Hours to women who are in various stages of what we call “initial formation.”
Currently, Maria Huber is in the middle of her novitiate year. She and novice director, Sister Agatha Muggli will attend the Novice & Director Institute this summer. Novices and directors learn and share with each other, gaining insights from peers who are on a similar, yet unique, journey. Annunciation Monastery will host the Benedictine Spirituality Workshop and Retreat in July. This is for women who are nearing perpetual monastic profession (final vows). This is another powerful way these women support one another. Sister Idelle Badt has made her first monastic profession (first vows) and is attending the University of Mary to become a social worker. We are blessed to have two affiliates, women who are discerning their vocation with us.
These educational experiences have associated costs as does the continuing education for all of our sisters. Study has always been an important part of Benedictine life so our community remains dynamic and changes with the needs of the day.
Thank you for your prayers and your faithful support which makes it possible to preserve the wisdom of the Gospel and the Rule of St. Benedict, and carry it vibrantly into the future.
Sister Nicole Kunze, Prioress
and the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery