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.
Karen Brink, OSB, St Benedict Monastery, Pittsburgh, PA
“Veni, Creator Spiritus;” Come, Holy Spirit, Fill the Hearts of Your Faithful; the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; the final sacrament in the sacraments of initiation.... Each of the previous was part of my religious education when I was a fourth grade student and we were informed that the bishop was coming to our parish to confirm all of the students in grades four through eight, nearly 100 of us, maybe more because the church was packed and only our sponsors could come to the ceremony. My aunt, who was my sponsor, bought me a Kodak Brownie Camera and my dress was pink! What I remember most, though, was the great amount of practice that we experienced. Everything had to be just right!
These are my memories of my Confirmation preparation and the actual “tap on the cheek” by the bishop, and I was confirmed. Not nearly as dramatic as the first Pentecost when the disciples of Jesus experienced wind, fire and speaking in tongues.