From February 2, 2020 to February 2, 2021, we will be celebrating and giving thanks on the occasion of our 125th anniversary.
Each day of this coming year we will tell our story. Daily, we will feature a short description of one of our sisters near or on the day of her death if deceased, or if living on her birthday. When not featuring a Sister, we will share glimpses of our history or features of our lives that are important to us.
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Day 151: July 1, 2020
The Cornerstone of the Original Monastery-Established in 1911
This cornerstone shows first the initials of the Latin Benedictine motto: U.I.O.G.D. meaning: “THAT IN ALL THINGS GOD MAY BE GLORIFIED.” This is followed by: “PAX,” which means PEACE.
Written in Czech the translation of the remaining words reads, “THIS CORNERSTONE IDENTIFIES THE BUILDING OF A MONASTERY AND TEACHERS’ COLLEGE FOR THE BENEDICTINE SISTERS ESTABLISHED AND BLESSED ON JUNE 16, 1911.”
Day 152: July 2, 2020
The Completed Monastery-View from Maple Avenue
The mandate for the Benedictine Sisters to serve the Czech people of Chicago was a serious one. By 1911, the community growth was increasing rapidly as young ladies who had vocations to the religious life were applying to come. They would need to be formed in the Benedictine lifestyle as well as trained to be teachers for the Czech parochial schools. All these signs called for the building of a monastery for a stable home, which would be a Teachers’ College for the Sisters as well. It was gratefully decided to dedicate the monastery to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, whose name would be honored throughout its future.
Day 153: July 3, 2020
Spinler, Sister Rose Alice (a.k.a. Sister Mary Anastasia) b. 3/12/1906 d. 7/3/1980 (Sister to Sisters Adela, Mary Bertha, Mary Wendeline and a twin to Sister Mary Milberg)
Sister Rose Alice came from a big family proudly raised on a Minnesota farm. With this background, Benedictine community life was easily adjusted to. Her closeness to the earth and family life, prepared her well for gardening, cooking, baking, sewing and particularly, tending to the flowers especially the roses. She was a person who saw only good in people and in the world, grateful to God who is all goodness and love.
Day 154: July 4, 2020
Sieg, Sister Carolyn b. 7/4
An embroidered verse on a lovely lace piece hangs on the wall in Sister Carolyn’s room. The verse from Psalm 46 reads: “Be still and know that I am God.” This saying daily inspires Sister Carolyn with spiritual wisdom and confidence in God. In community or wherever she is, she lives in prayerful thought, exemplifying her joyful and positive outlook by treating everyone with kindness and understanding. As a former first-rate teacher and later a successful principal, she now enjoys tutoring our international Sisters who are living with us and are students at the College of DuPage and Benedictine University. As a past principal, she has been invited to be a diocesan mentor for new principals. Thus, she is able to apply again the knowledge and spiritual guidance based on the many graces she gained through her many fruitful years as teacher and principal.