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Sister Ramona celebrates 60th jubilee

Sister Ramona celebrates 60th jubilee - (27-09-2023)

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The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration celebrated the 60th jubilee of monastic profession of Sister Ramona Varela, OSB on Sept. 12.

As a congratulations for her faithful commitment to monastic life, the community, family and friends gifted Sister Ramona and a friend with a retreat to Maria Rickenbach, the conregation's founding monastery in Switzerland.

“For three years, I had been taking an online language course to learn German, so I was able to pray with the sisters there,” Sister Ramona said. “I enjoyed God's beautiful creation to the fullest as humanly possible. The whole trip was a fantastic and memorable experience. My heart is overflowing with gratitude for so many blessings these 60-plus years.”

About Sister Ramona

Biographical: Sister Ramona was born in Arizinoa. She entered the Benedictine Sisters in 1960 and made her First Monastic Profession on Sept. 12, 1963.

Service in the Congregation: She was prioress of the St. Louis community from 1992 to 1998. Sister Ramona served as prioress general of the congregation from 2002 to 2008 and served two consecutive terms as prioress of the Benedictine Sisters’ monastery in Tucson, Ariz.

About Sister Ramona: She plays the piano and organ and has created several compositions. While in St. Louis, she studied under Dr. Mario Salvador, famed organist of the St. Louis Cathedral.