“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 all have to become creative and loving human beings- fully human and fully alive.
I began my vowed monastic life in 1974. I am the oldest of five children and grew up in the Denver area from age eleven. I received my Masters in Theological Studies from St. Meinrad’s School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana, and my Masters in Counseling from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. I have worked as a counselor for the past twenty years in both Denver and Colorado Springs. I marvel at the courage of others as they work through pain, sorrow, loss, joy and new life.
Prior to my work as a therapist, I had the privilege of working with teenagers and young adults as a youth director for parishes in the Lakewood/Denver area and Holy Trinity here in Colorado Springs. Closer to home, I directed Benet Hill Center, the monastery’s vocations program and co-directed Benet Pines Retreat Center. I served as Prioress from June 2011 – August 2021. These were some of my most rewarding years of grace and challenge. At present, I serve on Monastic Council as we support and implement the Bridging Plan to the Future. I am also the liaison with the Oblate Advisory and Action Team and continue to work with counseling clients and spiritual directees.
My most certain relationship in life is with my God. It is in living as a Benedictine and the Rule of Benedict in this monastic community that I find life. Living obedience, poverty, chastity, stability and conversion of life are ways of expressing my love relationship with God. I must find time daily for personal prayer, to be in nature and in the summer months you will often find me in the garden—seeing the beauty that surrounds us in creation. I enjoy walking as often as I can and finding a good mystery to read.