- About Us
- Our Mission
- Our Vision
- Our Ministries
- Tidings Newsletter
- Meet Our Sisters
- The Bell Banner
- Become a Sister
- Get Involved
- Contact Us
The public is invited to the perpetual monastic profession of Sister Madelyn Louttit - June 9, 2012
Sister Madelyn Louttit to Make Perpetual Monastic Profession
The Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Bismarck, invite the public to the perpetual monastic profession of Sister Madelyn Louttit on Sat., June 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of Annunciation Monastery. Sister Madelyn will profess her lifelong commitment to God and her monastic community during Eucharistic Liturgy. A reception will follow in the monastic dining room.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Sister Madelyn is the daughter of Ida and the late Sol Javitt. She was married to Emmet Louttit for 15 years. Following his death in 1998, Sister Madelyn became very actively involved in her parish, participating in choir, youth ministry, food pantry, liturgy committee and the RCIA program. She attended a two-year diocesan program in pastoral formation as well as numerous workshops, programs and retreats. Sister Madelyn received her Master of Arts in Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, New York, and a Master of Science in Psychology from the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, Manhattan, New York City. She is also a certified spiritual director.
Sister Madelyn began exploring religious communities and she made several visits to Annunciation Monastery. She adapted quickly to the charism and mission of the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery and to life on the North Dakota prairies. She says, “I am constantly reminded of the many ways God has walked with me throughout my life, and have grown in the ability to experience and express gratitude and appreciation for the many gifts I have received from the hand of God. I have come to appreciate God’s presence in nature, in the wide open spaces, the beautiful sunrises and sunsets and the starry nights.”
Prioress Sister Nancy Miller explains, “Whenever we celebrate a sister’s perpetual monastic profession, there is a wonderful sense of community and hope for the future. On this blessed day, Sister Madelyn will make the three-fold promise of stability, fidelity to the monastic way of life and obedience. Stability means being deeply rooted in this Benedictine, monastic community, in this place – Bismarck, North Dakota, in service to the people of this region. In fidelity to the monastic way of life, Sister Madelyn promises to seek God daily and continue her formation according to the Rule of St. Benedict and the tradition of Annunciation Monastery, in a spirit of obedience to the prioress and the needs of the monastic community. On June 9, we welcome Sister Madelyn as a full member of Annunciation Monastery as we journey to God together.”
Sister Madelyn Louttit serves as Director of Student Accessibility Services at the University of Mary. In this ministry, she coordinates accommodations for students who have special needs. She has taught classes in theology through the University of Mary and presented spiritual enrichment programs at Annunciation Monastery’s Hospitality Center.
As she nears the day of her perpetual monastic profession, Sister Madelyn says she feels deep appreciation and gratitude. “I cherish the sisters in our community. I could not ask for a better group of women with which to share my life. I have experienced that the sisters really love and care about one another. Respect and hospitality are fostered, and, most of all, prayer and dependence on God are the mainstay of our way of life. It is gratifying to share a way of life rooted in God and the ancient Benedictine tradition because throughout their history, they have lived this life with dedication, dignity and grace.”