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Sr. Immaculata Tuma Celebrates 60th Jubilee

Sr. Immaculata Tuma marked the 60th anniversary of her monastic profession as a Benedictine Sister on February 9, 2014.

A native of Lebanon, Oregon, Sr. Immaculata (Lillian) Tuma and her twin brother, Jim, were the youngest of five children growing up on the 80-acre Tuma farm just outside town. She worked at a bakery in Lebanon after graduating from high school, and then entered the Benedictine Sisters' community in 1952 at the age of 21. She recalls that leaving home was difficult for her and her parents, as she was their only daughter, but they gave her their blessing and Sr. Immaculata never doubted her vocation to religious life. She made her profession on February 10, 1954.

Sr. Immaculata spent most of her active ministry years as a cook for the sisters, the Benedictine monks and the Benedictine Nursing Center. For many decades, Sr. Immaculata was in charge of the monastery kitchen, preparing meals, canning, baking, and making jam. She also became renowned for her wedding and special event cakes, as well as her morning coff ee cakes, which are sold at Oktoberfest and given away as special gifts by the sisters.

Now retired but still quite active, Sr. Immaculata likes to say, "I made it this far and the rest is icing on the cake!"

News of the Sisters

- Sisters Joan Pokorny, Judith Bloxham, and Jerome Zerr will all celebrate their Golden Jubilees on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Queen of Angels Monastery.

- Sr. Hilda Kleiman received The Bonaventure Award for her teaching and work at Mt. Angel Seminary. The Bonaventure Award is the highest faculty honor at the Seminary, given ". . . in recognition of that faculty member whose ability to teach eff ectively and whose generosity with time and talent have inspired students and won the praise of colleagues . . ." Congratulations, Sr. Hilda!

-"Bon Appetit!"

At Queen of Angels Monastery, this is more than a French greeting to wish one another a happy, delicious and nutritious meal. It is also the name of the company that in January assumed the operation of the Monastery kitchen to provide those meals to the sisters and their guests. Bon Appetit is a national company off ering food-service to corporations, universities, museums, and other smaller specialty venues in 32 states. Among their other clients are organizations as diverse as Google, Johns Hopkins University, Mt. Angel Abbey, and the San Francisco Giants.

The sisters believe Bon Appetit's philosophy matches their own values of good stewardship of the land, social justice, and mindfulness of all of creation. Recognized as a pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, Bon Appetit is the first food service company to develop programs addressing issues such as local purchasing, overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, the food and climate change connection, humanely raised meat and eggs, and farm worker welfare. All Bon Appetit food is cooked from scratch, including sauces, stocks, and soups. Th ere is an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as various options for those on specific health diets.

General Manager and Executive Chef Christian Stephenson seems to be a good match, too. A major history buff who also has a background as a competitive fencer, Stephenson said he is enjoying learning more about Benedictine life and history. He has been with Bon Appetit for 16 years, formerly working at Reed College and Oregon Episcopal School.



Provide Support for the Benedictine Sisters

Want to provide support for the Benedictine Sisters in painless, hassle-free way? The Sisters have enrolled in eScrip, a program that pays a percentage of purchases made at participating merchants to non-profit groups like the Sisters. If you shop at Safeway and have a Safeway Club Card, you can enroll in the eScrip program and have a percentage of your everyday grocery purchases donated to the Sisters every time you use your Club Card. To enroll, log onto and go to the “Members/Supporter” section. Follow the directions under “Register Now” – the Benedictine Sisters Group ID # is 9614388. There is no cost to you!


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