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Clyde welcomes new leadership

Clyde welcomes new leadership - (05-09-2012)

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Photo: Sister Pat Nyquist (left) and Sister Jane Heschmeyer will lead the Clyde community of Benedictine Sisters for the next two years.

The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration celebrated Founder’s Day in style on Sept. 5 when they welcomed new leadership at their monastery in Clyde, Mo. 

Following morning prayer, the Benedictine Sisters installed their new superior, Sister Pat Nyquist, OSB, and assistant superior, Sister Jane Heschmeyer, OSB.

Sister Pat returns to the community leadership role she held as prioress from 2005 to 2008. A native of Moorhead, Minn., she joined the Benedictine Order in 1974 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.

The appointment will last two years, during that time she will continue her job as prioress general of the Congregation. She takes over from Sister Sean Douglas, who worked tirelessly to steer the Clyde community through the massive Sacred Stones, Sacred Stories renovation project.

Sister Jane is originally from Kansas City, Mo., and entered the Benedictine Sisters in 1980. She wrapped up her term on the  General Council in 2008 and since then has served as a baker in the low-gluten altar bread department and as the Clyde community’s sacristan, preparing all the articles necessary in the celebration of Mass.

Sister Jane received degrees in sociology and psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to her monastic studies at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. She was instrumental in helping develop the Sisters’ low-gluten altar bread. She takes over the assistant superior role from Sister Judy Niesen upon the completion of her term.

For more information, please contact Director of Communications Kelley Baldwin at (660) 562-7433 or kelley@bspa.us.