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Reflections by

Madeline Contorno, OSB

Sister Madeline Contorno, OSB, is a Benedictine Sister of Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, AL. A Golden Jubilarian this year, she has ministered as religious educator, grief counselor, hospice chaplain, and diocesan Renew coordinator. For the last 20 years she has been a pastoral associate in parishes in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. She has served her community in several capacities as vocation director, community secretary, member of monastic council, chapter delegate.

Sister Madeline’s reflections provide some “mystagogy” to reflect upon the Scriptures of the Easter Season leading to Pentecost Sunday.


Jacqueline Sanchez-Small, OSB

Sister Jacqueline Sanchez-Small, OSB, is in first profession as a Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA. She is on staff with Benetvision and Emmaus Ministries. Sister Jacqueline is a part of her community's Care for the Earth committee and the Steering Committee of Benedictines for Peace. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work (Rutgers) and a Master’s degree in Divinity (Princeton Theological Seminary) and studied Biblical Hebrew at Swarthmore College and Princeton.

Sister Jacqueline's reflections begin the first Sunday of Lent and continue through Easter.

Susan Quaintance, OSB

Sister Susan Quaintance, OSB, is a member of St. Scholastica Monastery in Chicago, IL. She has served her community in several positions, including formation director, secretary, and liturgy committee member. She is currently Director of Client Services at Comfort Keepers, an in-home caregiving company.

Sister Susans's reflections begin the First Sunday of Advent, November 28, and continue through February 27, 2022.


Catherine Martinez, OSB

Catherine Martinez, OSB, has been a Benedictine Sister at St. Joseph Monastery in Tulsa, OK, since 1985. She is currently the Treasurer/Business Manager of her monastic community. She is a member of the planning committee for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Federation of St. Scholastica.

Sister Catherine's reflections begin September 5 and continue through November 21.


Ana Cloughly, OSB

Sister Ana Cloughly is the Director of the Contemplative Vision Ministry at Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs, CO. She facilitates courses in contemplative prayer  practices and Christian mysticism, leads group retreats and is a Spiritual Director. She is a member of the planning committee for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Federation of St. Scholastica.

Sister Ana's reflections begin May 30 and continue through August.


Marlene Milasus, OSB

Sister Marlene Milasus is a member of Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, NJ, St Walburga Monastery. Currently, she is serving as community treasurer and liturgist. She works in a monastery retreat program and is a licensed New Jersey boiler operator!

Sister Marlene's reflections begin Easter Sunday and continue through Pentecost.

Andrea Westkamp, OSB

Sister Andrea Westkamp is a member of Saint Benedict Monastery in Bristow, VA. Currently, she is serving as subprioress, canonical treasurer, oblate director and spiritual director. Her background is in pastoral counseling, spiritual direction and early childhood education. She enjoys long walks, artwork, reading mysteries. Her passion is exploring the depth of the Rule of Benedict for our times.

Sister Andrea's reflections begin February 21 and continue through Lent.

Susan Doubet, OSB

Sister Susan Doubet is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and is currently a research assistant for Joan Chittister, OSB. She is a former subprioress, secondary teacher/administrator and has worked in numerous areas of communications for over 25 years. Sister Susan has been blogging since 2007 at Light through Stained Glass Windows.

Sister Susan's reflections begin November 29 and continue through Advent, Christmas and Ordinary Time until the beginning of Lent

Marcia Ziska, OSB

Sister Marcia Ziska has been a member of the Benedictine Sisters at Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS, for 47 years. A retired certified hospital chaplain, she has served in pastoral care, formation work and was associate director of the Sophia Center, the community’s retreat center. Sister Marcia coordinated the Rome Renewal Program for English-speaking Benedictine women world-wide from 2003-2010. She served on the National Religious Vocation Conference Board the American Benedictine Formation Conference Leadership Team. She currently is vocation director, does spiritual direction, and is a staff member for the spiritual direction training program, Souljourners. 

Sister Marcia's reflections begin September 6 and continue through the end of Ordinary Time, the week of November 22, 2020.

Glenna Smith, OSB

Sister Glenna Smith entered the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in 1977 and has served her community and their ministries for 40+ years as teacher, prefect, camp director, counselor, principal and administrator, school psychologist, member of various boards, formation director, monastery coordinator, and subprioress. She was privileged to serve the Federation of Saint Scholastica as president from 2010-2014.

Sister Glenna's reflections will begin June 7 and continue through August 2020.

Karen Brink, OSB

Sister Karen Brink is currently the prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh having served on monastic councils and initial and on-going formation teams. She also has extensive experience as a school administrator and as a member of parish teams. Her experience as director of RCIA teams led her to reflection on Scripture, especially the Sunday readings. She invites you to "break open" God's Word once again.

Sister Karen's reflections will begin the First Sunday of Lent and continue through May 2020.

Christine Ereiser, OSB

Sister Christine Ereiser is a Benedictine Sister of St Joseph Monastery, Tulsa, OK, where she has been a member for 35 years. She recently completed 12 years as prioress and is now on sabbatical.

Sister Christine's reflections will begin the First Sunday of Advent and continue through February 2020.

Elisabeth Meadows, OSB

Sister Elisabeth Meadows is a Benedictine Sister at Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, AL. She directs the community's retreat center, serves in several other roles within the community, and finds great joy in the 'everyday' of monastic life and in the great gift of sharing life with her sisters in monastic community. 

Sister Elisabeth's reflections will begin on September 1 and continue through the end of November, 2019.

Roberta Bailey, OSB

Sister Roberta Bailey is prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida. Her experience ranges from Montessori infant care to college instructor and accreditation consultant. In her “spare” time she holds positions on boards for Saint Leo University, Pasco County domestic violence prevention programs, public school advisory committees, and the local Chamber of Commerce. Sister Roberta’s warm and inviting reflections are peppered with questions for each of us. Spend some time with her thoughts and questions and see where they lead you on your journey.

Sister Roberta's reflections begin with Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 and continue through August 28, 2019.

Kathy McNany, OSB

Sister Kathy McNany is a Benedictine Sister of Baltimore and has been growing her monastic heart for 55 years. She is a spiritual director and retreat leader and has served in varied leadership roles in her community and in the Federation of St. Scholastica. Sister Kathy's reflections will offer insight on Scripture and invite you to make the words of the scripture writers your own as you ponder the thoughts and questions that she will offer you each week. 

Sister Kathy's reflections begin the First Week of Advent, December 2, 2018 and continue through the Triduum, April 18, 2019.