Monday, April 25, 2011
Some visitors from the Federation
Sister Joella Kidwell recently welcomed five sisters from other Benedictine communities to the monastery for the spring meeting of the Federation of St. Gertrude Council. Sister Joella is Federation president. The Federation consists of 16 member monasteries of Benedictine women in the U.S. and Canada.
On the agenda for the Federation Council was planning for the Federation Chapter meeting, which will be held in Ferdinand from June 30 to July 6. About 60 sisters are expected to attend. The past three living presidents of the Federation are also invited in observance of the Federation’s 75th anniversary in April 2012. The three and their years as presidents are Sister Mary Rose (Anselm) Hammerling, from St. Benedict’s Monastery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1981-1990; Sister Ruth Fox, Sacred Heart Monastery, Richardton, North Dakota, 1990-1999; and Sister Kathryn Huber, Monastery Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand, 1999-2008.
Sister Joella and the five councilors graciously posed for a photo on the monastery balcony, despite some strong wind gusts. From left are Sister Mary Ann Schepers, councilor, Holy Spirit Monastery in Grand Terrace, California; Sister Anita Whalen, councilor, Mt. St. Benedict Monastery in Crookston, Minnesota; Sister Jill West, councilor, Sacred Heart Monastery in Richardton, North Dakota; Sister Jennifer Kehrwald, first councilor, Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton, South Dakota; Sister Maureen Therese Cooney, councilor, Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana; and Sister Joella Kidwell, president, Monastery Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand.