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Sep 7 Vocation: Benedictine Perspectives
Oct 12 Benedictine Family Life
Nov 9 Holy Benedictines
Dec 14 Benedictines & Other Monastics
Celebration of Oblations
Jan 11 (2015) Benedictines & Leadership
Feb 8 Benedictine Works
Mar 15 Benedictines Around the World
Apr 18 (Sat) Retreat: Benedictine for the Long Haul
May 17 Living Your Oblation

+R.I.P. Sister Lucille Geisinger

21 November 2014
Sister Lucille Geisinger

Sister Lucille Geisinger

Our Sister Lucille Geisinger went into eternal life at 12:55 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Her dear friend, Sister Danile, and her two blood sisters, Pat and Fran, were at her bedside.  May she know now the fullness of Christ’s love, the companionship of loved ones who have gone before her, and release from suffering.

Sister Lucille worked for many years in medical records, as a writer and editor, and most recently as the “librarian” or director of our Spiritual Resource Center.

In 2009, she published Varmints in My Vinegar Cup: A Childhood at Gillette State Hospital, 1945-1950 in which she described the life of the long-term child-patients receiving treatment at the time.

Quiet with strangers, Sister Lucille had a delightful sense of humor and conversed readily about a wide variety of topics.  One of her good friends said, “Lucy was the kind of person with whom you could pick up your friendship right where it left off, even if you hadn’t seen her for quite a long time.”

The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday; watch this post for revisions with more details as they become available.

Sister Mary Richard on a “Spirituality of Signals”

18 November 2014

Our College located a short video clip of Sister Mary Richard Boo talking about prayer and work.  It is posted on the campus website, and I’ve posted the YouTube link here.  Her character, wisdom and humor all come through in just this short clip.

Wednesday November 19

  • Wake at 9:30am
  • Funeral at 10:45am

+R.I.P. Sister Mary Richard Boo

14 November 2014

Sister Mary Richard Boo

Sister Mary Richard Boo, former English Professor and President of the College of St. Scholastica, writer, editor and friend of many four-legged creatures, went home to God on Thursday evening, November 13, at 7:38 p.m. at St. Mary’s Medical Center. May she now rejoice in the fullness of life with God and all the angels and saints forever.

Benedictine Oblates are warmly invited to join the Sisters as we celebrate her life and lay her mortal remains to rest  on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

  • Morning Prayer and Wake at 9:30 am.
  • Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:45 a.m. followed by interment in Gethsemane Cemetery

House of Stone

Sister Mary Richard wrote House of Stone: The Duluth Benedictines, a history of the founding of the monastic community in Duluth and its first century of existence.

The history of her term as President at the College of Saint Scholastica is described on its website:

A number of innovative curricular programs were instituted under Sister Mary Richard’s leadership. The Education Department reorganized all of its course offerings to stress individualized instruction and a new general education curriculum was planned. Upon the closing of its high school many of the Priory offices and general living spaces were moved into Stanbrook Hall, giving the College more room. In 1969, the College officially became coeducational. The Lay Advisory Board was reorganized into the Board of Trustees with the accompanying responsibility of governance of the College. Their first task was to carry out a national search for a new president.

Holy Benedictines – slides from the November meeting

10 November 2014

Sister Paule Pierre really introduced us to many sides of St. Hildegard we had never seen before.  And the stunning tapestries from Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles really brought home the depth of the communion of saints.

Mugs for Oblate meetings

6 November 2014

Benedictine Oblates are invited to bring one mug to the meeting, to become part of a set of mugs that we will use at our meetings.  We are trying to gather a set of mugs of the following type:

  • Sturdy and usable, ceramic (no plastic parts)
  • Has some Benedictine connection (e.g.,, from a monastery or a location where you visited a monastery, or a saying that reminds you of something from The Rule, or from a Benedictine college or health care organization…)
  • Preferably used – part of your overflow.

I expect this collection to be slow-growing, and that’s fine.  It is not about a dire need for mugs, but about creating a collection of stories and links among our Oblate members.  If you don’t have a mug to contribute, please do not expend any effort or money on finding one!

What will we do with your one mug when you bring it?

  • Ask you to sign and date it with a porcelain pen.
  • Collect the story that goes with it (if there is one)
  • After the signature is set, it will become part of the collection we use each month
  • We will have the experience of sharing each other’s stories and connections in years to come.

I recently received a mug from St. Mary’s Monastery in Rock Island, Ilinois when I was there to offer a retreat for their Oblates.  It is comfortable in the hand, and as I was enjoying it, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice to share mugs and hear stories?” Thus was born this new project.



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