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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.

Introducing Sister Roberta, next writer of our weekly reflections
Sister Roberta Bailey will begin offering our weekly reflections on Easter Sunday, April 21. She is currently prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida. Previously, Sister Roberta served in educational ministries in both Catholic and public institutions. 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. Most of us don’t know Sister Roberta personally, but this drawing by a child who knows her gives you a sense of the joy she finds in life, obvious even to a young friend.

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Weekly Reflections

Week of June 16-22
Solemnity of the Trinity
Roberta Bailey, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Florida

Jesus was a story-teller par excellence. He learned his skill at his mother’s knee

Some say, “two’s company, three’s a crowd,” but today’s feast would have it otherwise. In this instance, the three symbolizes completeness and perfect symmetry. The Holy Trinity is a mystery beyond the grasp of human reasoning. The nice things about mysteries is that they can be talked about. They can be described. They have clues that our minds can grasp. But a mystery remains a mystery unless and until we grasp it in totality. When it comes to God, we simply cannot grasp the total reality of God (as they say) “on this side of the grass.” So, God gives us clues like what happened at Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan. When Jesus stood before his cousin John, the Spirit hovered and the God’s voice was heard, “This is my beloved Son.” 

You may have heard the expression, when referring to age, “70 is the new 50.” Well, in Scripture seven is considered to be a sacred, perfect number. However, today’s feast, the solemnity of the Trinity, tempts me to say “three is the new seven.” 

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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

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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