Sister Susan Matarrese, OSB

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I was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, on April 5th to Arline and Felix Matarrese. I have two brothers, Mike and Mark, and have many wonderful and happy memories of family vacations and fishing trips in northern Wisconsin.

My journey in Colorado began as a VIDA (Volunteer in Diocesan Action) with the Pueblo diocese. I taught in Walsenburg, where I met the Benedictine Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery. The rhythm of communal living, prayer and ministry was inviting to me. This witness was God’s invitation to the monastic life.

These 36 years as a professed Benedictine woman have taken me down a variety of roads as I have sought integration of community life, prayer and contemplation in action. I have worked as teacher, child care worker and teacher with emotionally challenged children, monastery cook, provider of shelter and hospitality for homeless women, soup kitchen volunteer, and peace with justice activist. I have served as a board member and assistant director of the Ithaka Land Trust, which provides low-income housing. Currently I live at Benedicta’s, in Colorado Springs, one of Benet Hill Monastery’s mission houses. I work as a teacher’s aide at Colorado Springs Charter Academy. Along with my work of the past thirty years I have served and continue to serve in the ministries of Spiritual Direction and House Church. I am grateful for the love and support of my community, my family and my friends.

Through my journey as a monastic woman, it really is not about anything that I do; rather it is about what God is doing through me, with me and in me. I celebrate with gratitude and praise for God sustaining and upholding me; the promise of Yahweh who speaks …”I will be there as there I shall be.”

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