News of the Sisters
- Sisters Dorothy Jean Beyer and Marietta Schindler will celebrate their Golden Jubilees on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Queen of Angels Monastery. Sr. Marietta is the treasurer and vocation director, and Sr. Dorothy Jean a past prioress and is currently a pastoral minister for St. Mary Parish.
- Sr. Joeine Darrington, 97, continues to keep busy. One of her projects is collecting and preparing cancelled stamps which are given to a church group in Salem. The stamps go to dealers and the money received aids needy children in South America. Sr. Joeine mentioned this project in a letter to friends and was amazed to receive a multitude of stamps, including several hundred foreign stamps, in response. If you are interested in sending her stamps, be sure to cut them from the envelope with a 1/4" margin on all sides.
- In December, Sr. Terry Hall unveiled the newest Monastery Mustard flavor, Holy Hazelnut, at the inaugural Hazelnut Festival. It has proven to be quite popular. See www.monasterymustard.com for details on ordering.
- Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer has recently spoken on the virtue of Compassion for "Theology on Tap" at the Seven Brides Brewing in Silverton, to the Catholic Daughters in Mt. Angel, and to the Supervision Class for Spiritual Directors and Year 2 Spiritual Direction Training Program students, both at Shalom Prayer Center. She also presented on the prayer shawl ministry at St. Mary Parish (Mt. Angel) to the Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying class at Mt. Angel Seminary.
- Each year at Easter, Sr. Julia McGanty makes the Paschal Candle for the Benedictine Sisters' chapel and for the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center. The first and primary use for this Paschal Candle is during the Easter Vigil. In our chapel, the candle is prominently placed to the side of the ambo and lit every time we gather for prayer until Pentecost. The Paschal Candle is also used at the time of Monastic Profession, and when a sister dies the Paschal Candle is placed by her coffin before and during the funeral. Sr. Julia started making candles about 50 years ago, and continues to make all the candles used for prayer.
- Recently-professed Sr. MaryAnne Harp has a new full-time position - and a short commute to work. She is the preschool teacher for 3,4, and 5 year-old children at the Providence Benedictine Child Development Center, directly adjacent to Queen of Angels Monastery.
- Sr. Joan Pokorny just completed her eighth year as director of Shalom Prayer Center's Spiritual Direction Training Program. Nine students graduated from the two-year program in April.
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 www.escrip.com 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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