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The Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel
The Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel

News of the Sisters

- Among her other duties, Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer coordinates the St. Mary Church (Mt. Angel) Prayer Shawl Ministry, which has given over 200 prayer shawls since February 2013. Prayer shawls are given to those in need of comfort and encouragement, as well as in celebration and joy. Since St. Mary's has had a Benedictine presence and tradition since 1881, a Benedictine medal is attached to each shawl. The ministry was recently featured in the Our Town biweekly newspaper.

- Sr. Jeanette von Herrmann said she "feels privileged," to lead a Women's Bible Study and Prayer Group at St. Cyril Parish in Wilsonville. The group has been meeting for eight-week sessions in the fall and spring, sharing insights on such topics as Discipleship in the Gospel of Matthew. Sr. Jeanette also keeps busy working part-time in the Benedictine Foundation office and writing articles on Scripture and other topics for Spirit & Life.

- Sr. Judith Bloxham, Sr. Joan Pokorny and Sr. Jerome Zerr will all celebrate their Golden Jubilees - 50 Years of professed monastic life - in 2014. Dates for the Jubilee Celebration will be announced soon.

- Taize Prayer Services, which feature beautiful and meditative instrumental music and singing, continue at Queen of Angels Monastery Chapel on the third Sunday of each month from December through June. The ecumenical service, coordinated by Sr. Maureen Niedermeyer, is held at 7 p.m. and is open to all.

- Sr. Rocio Moreno-Soto recently was elected as a new member of the St. Joseph Shelter board of directors, and Sr. Maureen Niedermeyer is now on the Shalom Prayer Center board. Sr. Joseph Fennimore has completed six years of service on the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center board of directors. Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer will begin service on this board in January.

- The Shalom Gift Shop is a great place to do some lastminute Christmas shopping. Man of the sisters produce hand-made items which are sold there, including shawls, bracelets, necklaces, rosaries, scarves and photo cards. Other popular gift items are Brigittine fudge, Monastery Mustard, candles, advent wreathes, nativity sets, ornaments, and, of course, a nice selection of spiritual reading and music.

- The Federation of St. Gertrude will hold its Federation Chapter at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho on June 22-27, 2014. Sr. Jeanette von Herrmann and Sr. Angela Meister were elected as delegates to the Chapter by the Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel, with Sr. Maureen Niedermeyer being chosen as the alternate. Prioress Donna Marie Chartraw will also attend the Federation Chapter, which is held every four years. The theme of the Chapter will be "Imagine! Create! Embrace! Behold I am doing something new." (Isaiah 44:19)

- Thanks to a generous grant from the Salem Foundation - Elmer E. Smith, Jr. Fund, the sisters were able to replace the carpeting in their Chapel and Hospitality Center in November. The Monastery kitchen was also refurbished and painted in December. Earlier in the fall, a major grant from the Larry & Jeanette Epping Family Foundation made it possible to install room thermostats in Marmion Hall, which houses the family program of St. Joseph Shelter.

-The Oblates of Queen of Angels Monastery held their annual weekend retreat at the monastery in October. This year's theme was, "Blessed Movements in Prayer," presented by Oblate Roy DeLeon of St. Placid Priory in Lacey, Washington. Roy spoke about and demonstrated how symbolic body movements during prayer can enrich one's prayer life by engaging the body, heart, mind, and soul together in prayer. The oblates learned how to pray the "Our Father", "The Hail Mary", and the "Glory Be" with simple, yet graceful, prayer-filled body movements that can touch the contemplative element of prayer.

During the retreat, oblates and sisters welcomed Kathy Poag of Lovelock, NV as she made her oblation to God and to the Queen of Angels' community. Mary Jo Schultz of Corvallis and Terry Wright of Mt. Angel became oblate candidates and may be eligible to make their oblations at next year's retreat.

-Two women "knocked on the door" of Queen of Angels Monastery on All Saints Day. Kelley Osburn from Colorado and Terresa Nyugen from Houston, Texas were the two asking to be accepted as postulants in the monastic community of the Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel on this most fitting day. With five women currently in initial formation at the Monastery, and possibly more arriving soon, the sisters are thankful for the work of the Holy Spirit.

Vocation Director Sr. Marietta Schindler said the focus of her work is to continue inviting other women to come and visit. She believes that friends of the sisters can make a huge difference in this ministry.

"For anyone who might want to help in our vocation outreach ministry, you could start or join a vocation committee in your parish to make the people in the pews more aware of vocations in our church and world. Look around and invite the young people in the parish to think about their vocation and to pray about it.

"Invite them to visit different communities . . . We host weekends throughout the year and a week in July for women to experience our way of life."

Sr. Marietta also says that she keeps in contact with women who have requested information.

"Staying in touch is a challenge these days with emails, websites, blogs, Facebook and Twitter! Keeping up with young people is no small task."



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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