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
- 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
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
- The Shalom Gift Shop is
a great place to do some lastminute
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.
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
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."
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