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Federation of St. Scholastica 1922 - 2022: The same call and gift of the Spirit that came to Benedict of Nursia early in the 6th century came to the women who formed the Federation of Saint Scholastica early in the 20th century. This same call and gift of the Spirit comes to us today, inspiring and animating us to respond to the gospel with the good zeal of Benedict, with listening hearts, with clarity of spiritual vision, and with hearts impelled by love. In the years leading up to our centennial celebration in 2022, we intend to publicly celebrate the vision and dedication of Benedictine women over the past 100 years while at the same time supporting current works as well as new and wider efforts to bring the peace of Christ and the justice of the gospel to today’s turbulent world.

Weekly Reflections

Emmanuel Monastery, BaltimoreJanuary 20-26, 2019
Kathy McNany, OSB,

Do not be daunted immediately by fear
and run away from the road that leads to salvation.
It is bound to be narrow at the outset.
But as we progress in this way of life and in faith,
we shall run on the path of God’s commandments,
our hearts overflowing with
the inexpressible delight of love.

—Rule of Benedict Prologue 48-49

Reflection: Footprints in the Snow
My eighth grade teacher (who ended up being my novice director when I entered the monastery!) wrote a saying in my autograph book that I have never forgotten:

Your life lies before you
like a path of new fallen snow.
Take care how you tread it,
as every step will show.
 
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Podcast Series

Mary Beth Frampton, Oblate

Mary Beth Frampton, Oblate

Mary Beth Frampton is a long-time oblate of St. Jospeh Monastery in Tulsa, OK. She is the monastery librarian and has a deep love for monasticism that has grown through her relationships with Benedictines in several states and the Rule of Benedict. Sister Catherine Martinez talks with her about her life, her loves and her hope for the future.

Sister Vivian Ivantic

Sister Vivian Ivantic

105-year-old Sister Vivian Ivantic, a Benedictine Sister of Chicago, shares memories from her long history as a Benedictine woman. She served in many capacities over the years and retired from her postition of community archivist at 102. She talks about changes she's seen in the course of decades as well as the value of monastic life today. Siobhan Meluso, Communications Coordinator for the Chicago community, is her interviewer.

Centennial Prayer

Gracious God,
The same call and gift of the Spirit
that came to Benedict of Nursia in the 5th century,
to Benedicta Riepp in the 19th century,
and to the women who envisioned and formed
the Federation of Saint Scholastica
in the early 20th century, comes to us today.

This same call and gift inspires and animates
Benedictine women, Benedictine oblates, and countless others
to listen with the ear of their hearts and to respond to
the gospel call with the good zeal of St. Benedict.

May the Centennial celebration of
the Federation of Saint Scholastica
strengthen us in our zeal.

May our capacity to listen to Your voice deepen,
especially as it is heard in the pilgrim and the stranger.

May our celebration inspire and
animate others as we share the story
of your Spirit at work in the world
through the Benedictine way of life.

Through Christ our Lord, present in our midst.
Amen

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