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!
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
Provide Support for the Benedictine Sisters
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