Sisters' Stories

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Sister Rose Ann Barmann, OSB

“YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD WHAT IS GOOD AND WHAT THE LORD REQUIRES OF YOU: ONLY TO DO THE RIGHT AND TO LOVE GOODNESS, AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOU GOD.” - MICAH 6:8 Sister Rose Ann Barmann celebrated a life-giving fifty years of Monastic vows in August 2010. Since she made...

Sister Anne Madeleine Brost, OSB

Sister Anne Madeleine Brost has been a member of the Benet Hill Monastery Community since 2008. 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,...

Sister Marilyn Carpenter, OSB

“FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN TO ITS SETTING, PRAISED BE THE NAME OF OUR GOD.”  - PSALM 50 In the daily celebration of life, everywhere and in all things, joyfully sing praise and give thanks to God. Sister Marilyn was born in New Almelo, Kansas, population 70. Her...

Sister Clare Carr, OSB

“SEE I AM ABOUT TO DO A NEW THING” - ISAIAH 43:19 Sister Clare Carr’s scripture quotation reflects the sacred journey she underwent upon her selection as prioress elect for Benet Hill Monastery. Her reverence for people and community is also reflected as she lives her...

Sister Ana Cloughly, OSB

“BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.” - PSALM 46:10 Sister Ana Cloughly, a native of Long Island, New York, came to Colorado Springs in 1992. In 1993 she became acquainted with Benet Hill by participating in the Scripture Program with Sister Diane Liston, graduating in...

Sister Elizabeth Cogan, OSB

“DO NOT BE SADDENED THIS DAY,  FOR REJOICING IN THE LORD MUST BE YOUR STRENGTH.” - NEHEMIAH 8:10 Sister Elizabeth Cogan is the sixth of seven children born to John and Elizabeth Cogan. Sister Elizabeth grew up on the family ranch between Nathrop and Buena Vista,...

Sister Kathleen Cogan, OSB

“THIS DAY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE.” - LUKE 23:43 Sister Kathleen was born in Salida, Colorado, on February 4, 1929. Sister Kathleen said she is most fortunate that she comes from a family of 3 boys and 4 girls, who worked side by side with their parents on a...

Sister Phyllis Echterling, OSB

‘SPEAK, LORD, I LOVE TO LISTEN TO YOUR VOICE. SEE LORD, HERE I AM. MY HEART IS SILENT, LORD. MY SOUL IS STILL, WAITING UPON YOUR VOICE. TELL ME YOUR WILL.’ FROM SPEAK LORD BY MARIENNE UZLER Sister Phyllis was born on her mother’s birthday, May 31st, in the little town...

Sister Olive Therese Geiger, OSB

“O GOD, YOU SEARCH ME AND YOU KNOW ME; YOU KNOW MY RESTING AND MY RISING; YOU DISCERN MY PURPOSE FROM AFAR. YOU MARK WHEN I WALK OR LIE DOWN, ALL MY WAYS LIE OPEN TO YOU.” - PSALM 139:1-2 Sister Olive Therese was born in McCook, Nebraska, and is one of eight children....

Sister Jan Ginzkey, OSB

“DO NOT FEAR; I HAVE CALLED YOU BY NAME AND YOU ARE MINE” - ISAIAH 43 Sister Jan was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Bob and Mary Ginzkey. She has one sister and four brothers. Even at a young age she was idealistic and saw a ‘future filled with hope.’ Her parents...

Sister Mary Glenn, OSB

Mary was born in Port Angeles, Washington, in 1943. She is the oldest of three daughters and was raised in a Catholic family that included two priest uncles and one Visitation sister aunt. After attending Mt Angel College in Oregon, she entered the Visitation...

Sister Lucile Hartmann, OSB

“BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.” - PSALM 46:10 Lucile Margaret Hartmann was born July 18th in Salisbury, Missouri, to Joseph and Angeline Hartmann. Sister Lucy, as we call her, is one of 12 children, seven boys and five girls. Growing up on a 160-acre farm was a...

Sister Mary Teresa Hicks, OSB

“THE LORD GOD IS MY STRENGTH AND MY SONG.” - ISAIAH 12:2 Mary Teresa was born in Oakland, California, but her parents moved to Pueblo, Colorado, when she was one, along with her younger sister. Mary Teresa (formerly known as Terry) wanted to become a sister at the age...

Sister Joseph Marie Jacobsen, OSB

“LISTEN CAREFULLY, ….AND ATTEND TO THEM WITH THE EAR OF YOUR HEART.” - RULE OF ST. BENEDICT Mary Lee was born in 1933 and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She tells numerous stories of her parents, four brothers, her younger sister, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and...

Sister Deb Kuhl, OSB

“FEAR NOT, FOR I HAVE REDEEMED YOU; I HAVE CALLED YOU BY NAME, YOU ARE MINE. YOU ARE PRECIOUS IN MY EYES, AND HONORED, AND I LOVE YOU.” - ISAIAH 43 I entered Benet Hill Monastery in 1974, after teaching with the Benedictines in Walsenburg, Colorado for two years as a...

Sister Diane Liston, OSB

Sister Diane was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Ann and Harry Liston. She has a wonderful brother, Jim. Sister Diane has fond childhood memories of family Christmases, watermelon picnics in the backyard and being a helper to her Gram and Gramp. God’s call came to...

Sister Susan Matarrese, OSB

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...

Sister Margaret Meaney, OSB

Sister Margaret was born in The Great Northwest. She is the youngest of five siblings. For the majority of her life she lived in the Eastern part of the country. Before coming to Benet Hill Monastery, she worked in the Washington DC office of a global law firm. She...

Sister Therese O’Grady, OSB

“IF YOU MAKE MY WORD YOUR HOME, YOU WILL INDEED BE MY DISCIPLE; YOU WILL LEARN THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU FREE.” - JOHN 8:31-32 The scripture from the Gospel of John has guided Sister Therese O’Grady’s heart and helps her remember that her call to become a...

Sister Naomi Rosenberger, OSB

“BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.” - PSALM 46 Besides the above scripture passage, Sister Naomi Rosenberger experiences God’s voice as “a whisper” in her heart (l Kings 19), leading her to live out the Gospel. These two passages have challenged her throughout her...

Sister Evangeline Salazar, OSB

“I HAVE COME SO THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE.” - JOHN: 10:10 It has been said: “Life is a cycle. We return to the place where we began.” That certainly has been true for me. I grew up with five brothers and two sisters, speaking Spanish, and sharing all that we had. We...

Sister Josie Sanchez, OSB

“I WILL SING FOREVER OF YOUR LOVE… IS A BIBLE VERSE WITH SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE AS I REFLECT ON 60 YEARS OF VOWED LIFE. I CARRY A SONG OF THANKSGIVING IN MY HEART.” Sister Josie is the oldest of six children born to John and Senida Sanchez in Monte Vista, Colorado. Her...

Sister Mary Colleen, OSB

“ONE LIFE WILL SOON BE PAST. ONLY WHAT IS DONE FOR CHRIST WILL LAST.” - PHILIPPIANS 1:21 This passage from scripture was written on a plaque Mary Colleen received from her mother Aletha. “I am amazed how this scripture has unfolded in my life,” Mary Colleen says....

Sister Francine Stallbaumer, OSB

“I LIFT UP MY EYES TO THE MOUNTAINS, FROM WHERE SHALL COME MY HELP.” - PSALM 121 Sister Francine loves this quote from Psalm 121 because it reflects not only her spiritual journey but the Colorado mountains remind her daily of God’s mystery and love which resides in...

Sister Anne Stedman, OSB

“IN GOD ALONE, IS MY SOUL AT REST.” -PSALM 62.1 In 2010 Sister Anne Stedman celebrated her 50th Jubilee of vowed monastic life. At that time she reflected on some key experiences that had impacted her during her Benedictine journey. For her, the touchstone of monastic...

Sister Marie Therese Summers, OSB

This is my story as one small “Baby Blue Fir Tree” in the midst of the pines of Benet Hill Monastery. On March 18, 1952, I made my debut in the midst of economic challenges, two step-brothers, a brother, and working parents. I grew and thrived with the love of my...

Sister Mary John Thomas, OSB

“FEAR NOT, FOR I AM WITH YOU…I HAVE CALLED YOU BY NAME AND YOU ARE MINE” ISAIAH 43:1 Sister Mary John Thomas often speaks of the gratitude in her heart whenever she describes her Benet Hill community, the elderly she has ministered to or the children she taught many...

Sister Mary Jane Vigil, OSB

In July of 1957, I answered God’s call to Monastic Life. On August 16, 2009 I celebrated my Golden Jubilee of 50 years as a member of the Order of St. Benedict. Along with sixteen other sisters, I professed my vows at Mount Saint Scholastica Convent in Atchison,...

Sister Helen Zecha, OSB

“…MY STRONGHOLD IS GOD, THE GOD WHO LOVES ME FAITHFULLY.” PSALM 59:17 “God alone is enough. God alone is enough. Whoever has God wants for nothing.” “As I reflect on my years of vowed life, I have found that God alone is enough. I am grateful for God’s calling and the...