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Benedictine leaders learn self-care

Benedictine leaders learn self-care - (08-02-2024)

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PHOTO: An international group of women religious leaders met for the annual meeting of the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses hosted by Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana. Photo credit: Sister Mary Luke Jones, OSB.

Leaders must prioritize mastering the delicate balance between supporting those in their care and attending to their own well-being. After all, leaders can’t fill others’ spiritual cups while theirs remain empty.

The most recent meeting of the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses focused on that very topic. Sister Dawn Annette Mills, OSB, prioress general of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, joined an international group of fellow religious leaders at Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana. 

The event included input from Emily Cash, Psy. D., director of the Saint Luke Center at the Saint Luke Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.  The center provides psychological and spiritual care for Catholic clergy, men and women religious, and those in formation.

“They help us develop the skills to better communicate with our Sisters, to provide assistance to our Sisters and to take care of ourselves too,” Sister Dawn Annette said.

Participants also shared what is happening in their respective communities and received updates on the many organizations they sponsor, including the Alliance for International Monasticism and the 55 & Under group.

The Conference of Benedictine Prioresses strives to provide its members mutual assistance and encouragement to further the vision and values of Benedictine cenobitic life within the church and contemporary society.