Sister Anne Madeleine has been a member of the Benet Hill Monastery Community since 2009. She became a Visitation nun after high school in St. Paul, Minnesota. There she taught mathematics and religion at the Visitation Convent School until 1971 when she 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 fulfilled, but the Sisters remained in their new location and continued to live the monastic way of life as sisters in the Diocese of Pueblo. They were known as the “Whitewater Sisters.” In 2009, the Whitewater Sisters became Benedictine Sisters and the Whitewater Community was a mission of Benet Hill. Whitewater has since closed and Sister Madeline now resides at Benet Hill Monastery.
An especially significant event in Sister Anne Madeleine’s Benedictine life was her trip to Einsiedlen, Switzerland in 2011 to attend a conference on Jungian psychology. There she visited the chapel of the Black Madonna in the Benedictine Abbey Church. People come to this “Black” Mary praying for help in difficult times. It seems that Mary helps one to bear pain and sorrow, but she does not necessarily remove the suffering.
Relating to this aspect of Mary, Jesus’ mother, helps Sister Anne Madeleine to realize the presence of the Divine in everything, even in the most difficult events of life. Sharing this awareness of God in All and All in God is a basic message that Sister Anne Madeleine tries to bring to visitors who come to Benet Hill Monastery