Alumnae News

A place of hope and hospitality for the world.

Alumnae News

A place of hope and hospitality for the world.

Alumnae News

A place of hope and hospitality for the world.

Alumnae News

A place of hope and hospitality for the world.

Alumnae News

A place of hope and hospitality for the world.

Alumnae News

A place of hope and hospitality for the world.

2019 Benet Hill Academy Alumnae Reunion

 
 

SAVE THE DATES: July 27-28, 2019:
Please mark your calendars now.
Contact: Sister Lucile at
benethill@juno.com
or call 719-633-0655 Ext. 118

Some friends from the Class of ‘67 (L to R front: Carolyn Treacy Nummela, Sandy Rockers Erfurdt and Kathie Vidmar Mitchell) went to Ireland to visit classmate Kathy Mahony Heinecke (back right) and enjoy a special vacation.

Academy Alumnae Retreat

 
By Dottie Watkins, Class of ’66
From Fall Review 2018

On an unusually warm fall weekend, Sept. 14 to 16, 2018, several members of the Class of ‘66 attended a class retreat facilitated by Sister Therese O’Grady, one of the former Benet Hill Academy teachers.

 

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We began on Friday evening by catching up with our classmates over a delicious lasagna dinner and afterwards blessing the retreat space. Sister Therese led an intense discussion on spirituality and we continued long after she left for home.

On Saturday morning we felt more comfortable sharing our ideas and personal feelings and continued our sessions. Midday we broke for lunch and enjoyed a delicious meal with the sisters and continued reflective conversations among our classmates.

Saturday afternoon, Sister Therese shared information on Centering Prayer (leading to Contemplative Prayer) and how important it is to include it in our lives for a minimum of 20 minutes each morning and evening. 

The retreat weekend concluded with Sunday Mass followed by Sister Lucile’s delicious cinnamon rolls, muffins, and coffee.

 

Alumnae Retreatants share their experience:

“Our retreat at Benet Hill was such a gift to ourselves! Spending quality time with classmates was meaningful and absolutely wonderful. We talked many times about doing this and I am so happy we finally did.” -Kathy (McLaughlin) Sharkey

“The retreat last weekend was ‘over the moon’. Absolutely everyone enjoyed it, benefitted and learned. We are wondering if we’ll have another next year.” -Ellen Depatie

“The retreat was a wonderful experience of sharing with my Benet Hill classmates. Through Sister Therese’s facilitation, we became closer and I hope we continue to pray and uphold each other.” -Linda (Erpelding) Allegre

“Our weekend together brought us closer to each other and Sister Therese was the perfect facilitator for our retreat.” -Theresa (Hurd) Davitch

“It’s amazing that after 52 years, our class still has so much in common despite us taking so many different paths in life. Most importantly though are the lessons on spirituality, love, and compassion we learned from our wonderful sisters at Benet Hill that seem to be abundantly present in all.” Bonnie (Browne) Collazo

L to R Front Row: Sister Therese O’Grady, OSB, Mary (DuBois) Carrothers and Kathy (McLaughlin) Sharkey L to R Back Row: Dottie (Alfonsin) Watkins, Linda (Erpelding) Allegre, Bonnie (Browne) Collazo, Ellen Depatie and Theresa (Hurd) Davitch

BENET HILL ACADEMY ALUMNAE

benethill@juno.com or call 719-633-0655 Ext. 118.

Remember our beloved

 
Jean Edwards ’67

Vickie Rieden ’68

Rose Briggs Browne ’69

Elizabeth Smith ’70

Christine Harry ’70

Pamela Kirby ’71

Debra Matthews ’72

Tanya Wall ’72

Chesleigh Parrish ’73

Debbie Berg Shedden ’73

Valerie Augustine Tokarz’74

Elena Mazzetti Schlener ’74

Jeri Neidigh Driver ’74

Susan Kohli Peterson ’74

Jamie Howard ’75

Karen Archibald,’75

Kathy Santistevan ’76

Annette Emreizy ’77

Maria Ibanez ’78

Theresa Ventura ’79

Elizabeth Brown ’81

Karla Marie Heard-Price ’81

Lisa Perez ’81

Maureen Lynch ’82

Patrice Brown Clark ’83

Patricia Penn ’84

Elliott Taylor

Jean Edwards ’67

Vickie Rieden ’68

Rose Briggs Browne ’69

Elizabeth Smith ’70

Christine Harry ’70

Pamela Kirby ’71

Debra Matthews ’72

Tanya Wall ’72

Chesleigh Parrish ’73

Debbie Berg Shedden ’73

Valerie Augustine Tokarz’74

Elena Mazzetti Schlener ’74

Jeri Neidigh Driver ’74

Susan Kohli Peterson ’74

Jamie Howard ’75

Karen Archibald,’75

Kathy Santistevan ’76

Annette Emreizy ’77

Maria Ibanez ’78

Theresa Ventura ’79

Elizabeth Brown ’81

Karla Marie Heard-Price ’81

Lisa Perez ’81

Maureen Lynch ’82

Patrice Brown Clark ’83

Patricia Penn ’84

Elliott Taylor

The community of Benet Hill Monastery cherishes its community songs!

Through word and music, composed by Sisters Mary Alice Guilfoil and Mary Susan Kros, the spirit of the community is captured.  One song particularly reminds us of the thousands of Alumni, men and women whose lives were lovingly molded, minds creatively challenged and spirits lifted to an awareness of a loving Creator!  When we sing the words:  “From the far San Luis Valley, to the city one mile high, all through Colorado, we’ll live and love and die!”  We are reminded of our students in Walsenburg, the San Luis Valley, Pueblo , Colorado Springs, Denver and throughout other counties in Colorado whose lives enriched our lives!

We continue to try to capture some of these experiences, particularly connecting with Benet Hill Academy, the students and events that will never be forgotten; our Spirituality Center where students forged a new path of faith formation that continues to impact lives and the numerous elementary schools and two secondary schools whose graduates recall and share their stories and wonderful experiences.

We want to keep in touch with our Alumni!

 

On July 23-24, 2016, the Sisters of Benet Hill hosted the Benet Hill Academy All-Class Reunion at Benet Hill Monastery, The reunion focused on the 50th Anniversary of the Class of 1966, as well as honor the classes of 1971, 1976 and 1981.

 

Please contact Sister Lucile Hartmann or contact Sister Naomi Rosenberger.

Alma Mater

High upon the hill above the plain
Waves our banner blue and white;
May her daughters always bring her fame
May she be our guiding light.

In the years ahead
What’er fate will
Let us once again recall
Our friends, our pride, our hallowed halls
Let us sing of Benet Hill.

To the blue and white then sing this song
Loyal daughters of the hill
Sing her praises loud and long
To the girls of Benet Hill