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 fulfilled, but we remained in our new location and continued to live the monastic way of life as sisters in the Diocese of Pueblo. We were known as the “Whitewater Sisters.” In 2009, we became Benedictine Sisters and the Whitewater Community became a mission of Benet Hill. The mission in Grand Junction has since closed and I now reside at Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs.
An especially significant event in my Benedictine life was my trip to Einsiedeln, Switzerland in 2011 to attend a conference on Jungian psychology. There I 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 me 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 I try to bring to visitors who come to Benet Hill Monastery.
In 2021 I was named the Treasurer of Benet Hill Monastery. I also continue to supervise the food service and minister as a spiritual director. I am an avid walker, reader, and seek to be a loving-compassionate presence for everyone I meet. I am deeply curious and interested in connecting science with religion which gives me an appreciation of the expansive nature of God.