Home | Contact Us
Benedictine Sisters
 
News Center
Harmony News
Spirit & Life Magazine
Calendar
Multimedia
Video
Podcasts
Please share media and advertising request with Kelley Baldwin, director of communications, at kelley@bspa.us or (660) 944-2221

Benedictine Sisters announce closure of Tucson Monastery within two years

Benedictine Sisters announce closure of Tucson Monastery within two years - (26-09-2016)

< back

Statement re: the closing of the BSPA monastery in Tucson, Arizona

The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have announced their decision to move toward closure of their monastery at 800 N. Country Club Rd. in Tucson, Arizona, within the next two years.

"The Tucson community has loved and embraced our Sisters since our arrival in 1935. It has been our privilege to serve the people of Tucson and the surrounding area for over 80 years, and it is with much reluctance that we have made this decision," Prioress General Sister Dawn Annette Mills, OSB said. “It has become necessary for our Sisters to return to the motherhouse in Missouri in order to consolidate and reorganize personnel and resources as we continue planning for our future. As preparations to close the monastery proceed, we hope to find ways to continue our connection to people in Tucson. We ask for your prayers during this transition, which is expected to take the next two years.”

 

What is happening? 

The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have decided to close their monastery at 800 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, Arizona, within the next two years as part of the future planning of our religious Congregation.

Why is the Tucson monastery closing?

To consolidate and reorganize personnel and resources as we plan for the future of our Congregation.

When will the Tucson monastery close?

Sometime within the next two years.

How did the Sisters reach this decision?

After much prayer, discernment, discussions with our total membership and looking at various options, our Congregational leadership made the decision to move toward closure of the Tucson monastery. This will enable us to focus on future planning and restructuring for our Congregation.

Where will the Tucson Sisters live after the monastery closes?

Our Sisters will return to the motherhouse in Clyde, Missouri.

What will happen to the property?

We are beginning appraisal of the property to determine the best use for the future.

What will be the status of the Liturgical Vestment Department?

It is still functioning in our monastery as we continue to work out details.

Will any of the Sisters stay in Tucson? If so, where, and in what capacity will they serve the Church?

That is unknown at this time.

Is Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas aware of the plans to close the monastery?

Yes, he has been very helpful to our Congregation during this difficult decision.

What will happen to the oblate groups affiliated with the Tucson monastery?

We will continue to keep our oblate chapters active, but we are working out the details.

What will happen to the prayer groups affiliated with the Tucson monastery?

At this time, the prayer groups will continue as usual, and we will help them to grow and develop.

For further information, please contact Sister Joan Ridley, OSB, superior of the Tucson monastery, at (520) 325-6401.