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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

Week of August 25-31
Roberta Bailey, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Florida

A Reflection on Work

Next weekend our nation will celebrate Labor Day. Strangely we honor it by the opposite of its name. In many respects it is a Workers’ Holiday. Labor Day was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Since then each year on the first Monday in September we pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. You may also know about the celebrations to honor employees on May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Here in our monastery we host our employees at special Thank You Luncheon in gratitude for their services and presence. The day is topped off with early release time. They disappear after lunch – it’s a paid half-day. That includes the cook for the evening meal. (Oh, dear!) Thankfully we have a long-time association with some loyal volunteers who take over the kitchen to provide a home-prepared fish fry with our favorite Southern trimmings: grits with butter or cheese, hush puppies, coleslaw and ice cream novelty bars for dessert; beer or soft drinks. God bless them everyone!

So, in honor of all workers, even the tiniest among us, let’s talk a bit about workers and work styles. We often hear the expression “a little child shall lead.” With the opening of a new school year and Labor Day weekend fast upon us it seems to me fitting that we let little children lead us to a rightful understanding of “work.”

For many years I enjoyed ministry as a Montessori directress in programs for children ages six months to six years. One of the observable differences between children and adults is the contrast between their attitudes toward work.

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Podcast Series

Sister Anne Stedman, OSB

Sister Anne Stedman, OSB

Sister Anne Stedman has ministered as educator, liturgist, retreat leader and in leadership during her years in monastic life and is currently monastic formation director. She was a founding member of Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs, CO, having originally entered at Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS. Sister Anne served as prioress of Benet Hill Monastery for 14 years (1991-99 and 2005-11). She held fast to two concepts during her time in community leadership: “Hope sees what is not but yet will be,” from Hebrews 11:1 and Sister Helen Lombard’s analogy of the monastic leader likened to the director of a small string ensemble: “in the center, giving the beat.”

Rose Ann Barmann, OSB

Sister Rose Ann Barmann

Sister Rose Ann Barmann has been a Benedictine sister for more than 58 years and is a founding member of Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs, CO. As an educator, retreat leader and speaker, she has dedicated her life to engaging with others to seek deeper meaning in life. Her love for the monastic tradition influences and guides her life as well as teaching. In this conversation she remembers the time of renewal in the 1960s and also addresses the present challenges of engaging more fully with others who want to seek God today.

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 thinks
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