The Benedictine Sisters staffed St. Joseph Orphanage where I grew up. They were an inspiration to me in my formative years by their dedication and nurturing. From a young age, I wanted to give my life to God in the service of others. Later, as a Benedictine Sister, I taught young children. Now I am a Parish Sister visiting the sick and the dying; listening to their stories and bringing them the comfort of the Eucharist. How happy I am to know that I am God’s instrument of peace and joy to others.
Sister Irene Jasien, OSB
The Benedictine life attracted me since I saw it as an extension of family life. On entering the monastery, I was introduced to the chanting of the Divine Office and a method of reading, reflecting and praying with scripture called “Lectio Divina”. These prayer forms became the “meat and potatoes” of my spiritual life. During these forty-eight years of spiritual growth, I treasure the support the Sisters’ gave me when I was a teacher, principal, therapist and as the parish pastoral associate. Now, as the pastoral associate at our retirement villa my life continues to overflow with opportunities to draw closer to God.
Sister Regina Ann Weissmann, OSB
With my Benedictine influence in the Academy, I was drawn to love the daily chanting of the Divine Office by the Sisters. Then, in reading the passage: “To receive all guests as Christ” in The Rule of St. Benedict, I knew my mission was to extend the richness of our Benedictine hospitality to others by receiving them “as Christ.” I can continue to do this as the nurse for our Sisters, in my vocation ministry and in my link to the Hispanic Community.
Sister Christine Kouba, OSB
The reason I entered the Benedictines was because Sister Charlotte was my model. She was so cheerful and just radiated joy. I wanted to be just like her. As a member of the monastery, I became an elementary school teacher and later a school secretary and principal. Now, I am working at our Benedale Center with our elderly residents and I love it. I strive to live and embrace our four core values of hospitality, stewardship, respect and justice.
Sister DePaul Stava, OSB
By God’s providence, I transferred to a high school staffed by the Benedictine Sisters. I began to sing in the church choir for the early Masses and help the Sisters with their tasks after school. I was deeply awed by the Sisters’ spirit of dedication, kindness and zest for life. When we went to Lisle on an outing I was able to hear the Sisters sing the Divine Office. I always loved to sing so it was no surprise that I decided to enter their Order. Through the years, I have served as teacher and principal and now I am an administrative assistant in a parish school where I continue to reach out to many children and parents. I love my Benedictine vocation.
Sister Patricia Fallon, OSB
It was and is definitely the prayer life, both communal and personal of the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart that drew me to religious life. As a Benedictine, my life has been enriched by the support and interaction of community members, by staff and students at Benet Academy, with staff and residents at our corporate ministry at Villa St. Benedict. Since January of 2011, I have been the Prioress of this community, a truly humbling and prayerful experience.
Sister Mary Bratrsovsky, OSB