Sister Rose Ann Barmann, OSB

I celebrated a life-giving sixty years of Monastic vows in August 2020. Since I made first profession in January 1960 in Atchison, KS, I’ve never looked back. I like to describe my lived experience as a Benedictine Sister as “two hands clapping with only one sound of rejoicing.” One hand represents my transformation to seek […]

Sister Anne Madeleine Brost, OSB

I became a Visitation nun after high school in St. Paul, Minnesota. I taught mathematics and religion at the Visitation Convent School until 1971. That year I came with two other Visitation nuns to Whitewater near Grand Junction, Colorado, to begin a new Visitation Monastery. The plan for a new Visitation Monastery could not be […]

Sister Marilyn Carpenter, OSB

In the daily celebration of life, everywhere and in all things, joyfully sing praise and give thanks to God. I was born in New Almelo, Kansas, population 70. My parents Marie and Alva (affectionately known as Carp) owned and operated a general store and U.S. Post Office for 35 years. I have happy memories from […]

Sister Clare Carr, OSB

“I know my plans for you; they are plans for peace and not disaster, to give you a future with hope” ( Jeremiah 29:11). This scripture has always been a comfort to my spirit. I love to be with people, especially those seeking a deeper understanding of our humanity. I believe in the call we […]

Sister Ana Cloughly, OSB

I’ve felt God’s call to become a sister since my teen years but did not seriously consider answering that call until I was forty. God is both insistent and persistent. A certain serenity and confidence have pervaded my life since I finally said yes and entered the monastery.   When I first entered, I had […]

Sister Elizabeth Cogan, OSB

I am the sixth of seven children born to John and Elizabeth Cogan. I grew up on the family ranch between Nathrop and Buena Vista, Colorado. The Arkansas River runs through the Cogan Ranch and it is by the river that I found my quiet, spirit-filled time by fishing and wandering in secluded areas. When […]

Sister Jan Ginzkey, OSB

I am from the Midwest, born in Missouri. I lived in Kansas and Illinois before moving to Colorado. My parents were Bob and Mary, and I have a sister and four brothers. Growing up in the family, I developed a solid foundation of faith and work ethic with a sense of responsibility. Our family spent […]

Sister Mary Glenn, OSB

I was born in Port Angeles, WA, and began religious life in 1965 at the Visitation Monastery in Federal Way, WA. In 1971 I moved to western Colorado to begin a new monastery. In 1978, Sister Anne Madeleine and I became an independent religious community under the Bishop of Pueblo. We lived a simple lifestyle […]

Sister Lucile Hartmann, OSB

I was born in Salisbury, Missouri, to Joseph and Angeline Hartmann. I am one of 12 children, seven boys and five girls. Growing up on a 160-acre farm was a life filled with many chores: cooking, cleaning, and tending to the little children. I still smile at the happy memories of my childhood which included […]

Sister Deb Kuhl, OSB

I entered Benet Hill Monastery in 1974, after teaching with the Benedictines in Walsenburg, Colorado for two years as a VIDA (Volunteers in Diocesan Action) volunteer. My early years as a Benedictine were spent doing parish ministry throughout Colorado. In 1982 I became a fully professed member of this community. To put on the mind […]