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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 19th 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

The Annunciation by TannerDecember 9-15, 2018
Kathy McNany, OSB, Emmanuel Monastery, Baltimore

God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth…
to a virgin named Mary.
She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph
of the house of David.
“Greetings, favored woman, the Lord is with you.”
Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think
what the angel could mean.
“Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
You will conceive and give birth to a son,
and you will name him Jesus.

—Luke 1:26-31

Reflection: Mary…the unwed pregnant teenager….
Mary was a young girl…perhaps only 13-14 years old. Assuming the role of motherhood is one thing. Being part of the fulfillment of a prophecy for the long awaited Messiah was quite another thing. She was not yet married. Then, as now, in some parts of the Middle East, a young woman could be stoned to death if she was found to be pregnant before her marriage. Her “yes” was no simple assent. It came with much fear, dread and danger.
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Podcast Series

Sister Veronica Sokolosky

Sister Veronica Sokolosky

Sister Veronica Sokolosky belongs to St. Joseph Monastery in Tulsa, Ok. She speaks with us about her experience as a delegate to the Renewal Chapter of 1964, a time when members of religious communities worked collaboratively to implement the directives of Vatican II. She shares her personal experiences with the Chapter experience, her thoughts on how monastic life has shaped her and what gifts it has to offer future generations.

Sister Patricia Anne Driscoll

Sister Patricia Anne Driscoll

Sister Patricia Anne Driscoll, a Benedictine Sister of Bristow, VA, speaks about her experience as a delegate to the Renewal Chapter of 1964. Renewal was an intense time when members of religious communities worked collaboratively to implement the directives of the Vatican II document, Perfectae Caritatis, the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life.

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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