Meet Our New Members

Learn about some of our newer members and what attracted them to this community.

Hometown: Crown Point, Indiana

Entrance Date: March 14, 2015

Educational background: B.A. in Elementary Education; Certificates in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education. Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other interests: I like going to movies, going out to eat, walking, talking to my nieces on the phone, watching sports on T.V.

What attracted me to this community: I like the prayer life and the fact that the Sisters get along and work well together. The Sisters make a good “team” and help each other out. The Sisters are very good with hospitality and welcoming people to the monastery.

Hometown: Eddyville, Kentucky

Entrance Date: August 15, 2004

First Profession date: April 28, 2007

Perpetual Profession date: October 1, 2011

Educational background: B.S. in applied mathematics from Brescia University, Owensboro, Kentucky, M. Ed. in Teacher Leadership from University of Louisville; Ph.D. from U of L in Curriculum and Instruction

Work background: Math tutor, lifeguard

Current Ministry: Math teacher at Trinity High School, Louisville, Kentucky

Other interests: Mathematical puzzles and games, listening to and making music, swimming, bike riding, and most sports

What attracted me to this community: Before coming to Ferdinand, I visited an apostolic order. During that visit, I decided that religious life seemed to suit me, but the apostolic lifestyle just wasn’t for me. Upon visiting the Ferdinand Benedictines, I was better able to articulate what I was looking for and what was missing for me in the apostolic life. I think that my main attractions to Benedictine monasticism are the emphasis on community life and the balance of the lifestyle (ora et labora—work and prayer). I found the sisters in this community to be very loving and generous women, and I honestly felt like this would be a good place for me to grow closer to God.

Hometown: Celestine, Indiana

Entrance Date: August 10, 2003

First Profession date: April 22, 2006

Perpetual Profession date: October 1, 2011

Educational background: B.S. in elementary education with a kindergarten endorsement from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, St.-Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana; working toward a master’s in reading education at University of Southern Indiana

Work background: A worker at Dairy Queen; counselor and director of Outpost, a Catholic summer camp of the Diocese of Evansville; Fourth-grade teacher at Saint Bernard Catholic School in Rockport, Indiana. First-grade for 5 years at St. Patrick in Louisville and third, fourth, and second grades at Sacred Heart Model School

Current Ministry: Director of Vocations

Other interests: Reading, playing cards, knitting and crocheting, and having fun

What attracted me to this community: I felt like I could be myself when I visited. I really felt relaxed and at home with the size and dynamics of the community. When we gather for prayer three times a day, it energizes me to keep going. I also was attracted and continue to be attracted to the community living.

Hometown: Winnebago, Illinois

Entrance Date: August 10, 2003

First Profession date: April 22, 2006

Perpetual Profession date: October 2, 2010

Educational background: BA in Religious Studies (Kenyon College), MA Theology/Monastic Studies (St. John's School of Theology, Collegeville), DMin Spirituality Candidate (Catholic University); icon studies through Hexaemeron Six Days of Creation workshops

Work background: Taught high school theology (5 years), Director of Assessment and Orders Documentarian, then Director of Graduate Theology Program and Dean of School of Theology Programs (Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology)

Current Ministries: Dean of School of Theology Programs and Director of Graduate Theology Programs at Saint Meinrad School of Theology

Other interests: painting and teaching about icons and other religious art, singing, writing, hiking

What attracted me to this community: balance: beauty of tradition and the Rule, liturgy, and community life, matched with openness to where the Holy Spirit is taking the Church, concern for social justice

Hometown: Welland, Ontario, Canada

Entrance Date: August 27, 2006

First Profession date: May 2, 2009

Perpetual Profession date: October 5, 2013

Educational background: B.A. in business administration, St. Catharines Business College, St. Catharines, Ontario; ASL classes at Niagara College, St. Catharines, Ontario, and Canadian Hearing Society, Hamilton, Ontario; Theology classes at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana; Activity Director Certificate, Indianapolis, Indiana; Professional Dementia Certification Scholarship, Ivy Tech, Indiana

Work background: Passport officer for Passport Canada, respite companion worker for the regional municipality of Niagara; sales associate for For Heaven's Sake gift shop; activity director assistant in Hildegard Health Center

Current Ministry: Activity Coordinator for Gero Psych Unit at Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Indiana

Other interests: Prayer, reading, journaling, learning, walking, hiking, swimming, spending time with our Sisters, playing games, attending our community parties, and hearing from my family and friends

What attracted me to this community: When I began searching for a religious community, I knew it definitely had to be Benedictine, with the daily celebrations of the Eucharist, living in community, communal prayer, meals, and way of life. The diverse ministries told me that doors were open and limitations would be few; I wouldn't feel held back. The support of a community living the same life and goals and to be able to share that life with them was equally important; I no longer wanted to go it alone. The most unexpected surprise I discovered from my visits, and what completely "sold" me on this community, was the absolute commitment I sensed, and since witnessed, from the community for each sister. The sisters sincerely care, they hold each other up, and you can count on them not letting go.

Hometown: Ferdinand, Indiana

Entrance Date: August 27, 2006

First Profession date: May 2, 2009

Perpetual Profession date: October 17, 2015

Educational background: Associates degree in computer programming; associates degree in computer information management; B.S. in secondary education, mathematics, Masters in Education with endorsement to teach technology in May, 2014

Work background: Systems administrator for 22 ½ years for Congressmen Lee Hamilton and Baron Hill; Teacher at a Catholic high school in Jasper, Indiana

Current Ministry: Religion teacher at a Catholic school in Louisville, Kentucky

Other interests: Swimming, bicycle riding, walking

What attracted me to this community: The first attraction to this community came from the fact that I grew up in this town. It only made sense that I should visit this community when I felt a call to religious life. Upon my visit here, I saw how the sisters truly live community life. They are supportive of each other in their ministries and other activities.

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky

Entrance Date: August 19, 2012

First Profession date: July 26, 2014

Educational background: South Central High School (2008), Bellarmine University (2012), Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology (2017)

Current Ministry: Associate Director of Pastoral Formation at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, in St. Meinrad, IN.

Other interests: I have a growing passion for music, guitar especially. I'm a beginner, so if you want to play with or teach, give me a call!​

What attracted me to this community: Like most people who come here, I immediately felt welcomed and loved by the community from the moment I met them. I was drawn to the energy of this place and wanted to be a part of it. Now I am learning how to live the monastic life through the Rule of Benedict and this amazing community and I have to say I couldn't have imagined it to be this good and exciting!

Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica

Entrance Date: August 7, 2016

Educational background: BS (Special) Chemistry (Hons); M. Phil. in Chemistry

Work background: Lab Technician and Research Assistant at the University of the West Indies, Mona; Quality Lab Technician and Production Operations Manager at Smith and Stewart Distribution, an ice cream manufacturing company.

Current Ministry: Monastery Baked Goods

Other interests: Music, singing

What attracted me to this community: The balance between prayer and ministry. The Benedictine life and values seemed to be a good balance of all areas of life.