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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

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 18, 2021
Ana Cloughly, OSB, Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery, Colorado Springs, CO

“His Heart was Moved…”
For the past few months, I and my sisters have been watching the series The Chosen. The series follows the life of Jesus as a Jewish teacher. The story line draws from all four gospels and there is some back story that is not found in the gospels. The producers and writers have called in consultants to help give some historical context to lend some cultural authenticity to both the lives Jewish people and Roman occupiers in first century Palestine. (Neither I nor my community are connected with Angel Studios, the creators of The Chosen, other than we enjoy watching the series.)

As Benedictine sisters, we have a commitment to praying lectio divina as part of our daily prayer. Admittedly, some days the font of God’s word seems very dry to me. Watching The Chosen has breathed new life into my prayer and my spiritual imagination. So, how does this all relate to the gospel for today?

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Podcast Series

Aisha Rana, Alumna

Aisha Rana, Alumna

Aisha Rana is a 2013 graduate of St. Scholastica Academy in Chicago. Although the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago closed the Academy in 2013, its influence continues as Aisha indicates as she shares values she learned that are still with her as she begins her first year as a general surgery resident at the University of Chicago.

Kevin Chears, Oblate

Kevin Chears, Oblate

Oblate Kevin Chears is a life long Chicagoan, residing in the Edgewater neighborhood with her husband and two dogs. She is an Oblate of St. Scholastica Monastery and one of her favorite lines from the Rule of Benedict is Chapter 68:5 "Trusting in God's help, he (she) must in love obey." Kevin is a pastoral associate at St. Gertrude Parish in Edgewater.

Centennial Prayer

The same call and gift of the Spirit that came to Benedict of Nursia and his sister Scholastica 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 their good zeal, with listening hearts, with clarity of spiritual vision, and with hearts impelled by love. And so we pray:

Audio recording of prayer by Sister Lynn McKenzie, OSB, President of the Federation of St. Scholastica

Loving God, we give you thanks
for our Benedictine heritage,
and for the expression of this call and gift in the
communities of the Federation of St. Scholastica.

May our celebration
of the Federation's first 100 years
strengthen us in our spiritual tradition,
deepen our capacity to listen,
widen our hearts with your love,
and sharpen our spiritual vision
that seeks to see Christ in the heart of all Creation
and at the center of our common life.

One in Christ,
may the communities of the Federation,
oblates, benefactors, and friends,
share the peace of Christ,
show the love of Christ,
and make Christ known in our world.

Amen FOR SPANISH TRANSLATION, CLICK HERE