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Benedictine Sisters return to St. Louis

Benedictine Sisters return to St. Louis - (24-10-2011)

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CLYDE, Mo. –  The Benedictine Sisters in Clyde recently took a trip down memory lane in St. Louis earlier this month when they hosted a special event to reconnect with old friends, many of those made during the days when the congregation had a monastery there.

“We have friends in St. Louis whom we hadn't seen in a long time. Relationships are important to us, and we want to keep these friendships alive and well,” General Councilor Sister Dawn Annette Mills, OSB said. “While we closed our St. Louis monastery 10 years ago, we never ‘closed’ those friendships we made while living there.”

The Benedictine Sisters closed the St. Louis monastery on Morganford Road in 2001. Today the property is St. Mark Catholic Church where the Sisters invited friends and oblates to the Oct. 2 Mass and followed with a lunch and presentation in Hambrough Hall.

“We wanted to catch up with our friends and tell them what we’ve been up to the past decade,” Sister Dawn Annette said. “Sisters visited with friends, oblates, past employees and members of Sisters' families.” 

The afternoon concluded with a presentation on guardian angels, given by Sister Dawn Annette.

“I shared some reflections about guardian angels and how angels journey with us through life,” she said. “Different people shared their own experiences of angels guarding, guiding and watching over them, especially in difficult situations. It was a beautiful shared experience.” 

While the Sisters often invite friends to one of their three monasteries, this was the first time they did so in a city where they no longer have a community, and the experience was a blessed one for Sister Dawn and those who attended. Due to the success of the event, the Sisters will no doubt plan additional gatherings in the future.

“One friend told me, ‘Don't wait another 10 years to come back again.’ Seeing so many old friends was wonderful, and the delight was mutual,” Sister Nancy Rose Gucwa, OSB said.