We Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, faithful to our monastic profession, seek God in community, prayer and work.
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Sister Justina Franxman was
born on April 23, 1928 and adopted by J. Herman and Elizabeth
Gripshover Franxman in October of 1929. Mary Louise gained three
brothers upon her adoption. She cherished the years she worked in
the family grocery with her parents and brothers.
| Sr. Justina brought her
own unique gifts to the office of prioress. She knew how to lead, to
laugh, to worry, and to welcome. After two terms she went to Oregon
to study spiritual direction and served in that ministry (and in
others) at home until her retirement and move to the infirmary in
One of the joys of Justina’s life was her discovery of her birth family in 2006. She learned that she was the daughter of Margaret Wiesman, and that she had living relatives nearby. This reunion was a source of warmth and wonder for her. The sharing of stories and photos enhanced her experience of family. She was welcomed, and she welcomed in return.
Sr. Justina’ death was unexpected and peaceful in the wee hours of March 4, 2019. She is survived by her sisters-in-law Marilyn Franxman, Patricia Jung, several generations of numerous nieces and nephews, friends and her Benedictine community.,Vigil service will be held Sunday evening, March 10, 2019 and Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, March 11, 2019. Interment will follow in St. Walburg Cemetery.
Our prioress, Sr. Aileen Bankemper, was part of an audience with Pope Francis on September 8. She was a delegate to the 8th International CIB (Communio Internationalis Benedictarum) Symposium.
Sister Nancy Kordenbrock (second from right) celebrated 50 years of professed monastic life on August 25 at Evening Prayer in the monastery chapel. Other Benedictines celebrating jubilees this are (from left to right) Sister Victoria Eisenmann, celebrating 70 years; Sister Stella Gough, celebrating 60 years; Sister Kathleen Ryan, celebrating 60 years, Sister Nancy Kordenbrock; Sister Aileen Bankemper, Prioress.
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We have a St. Walburg Monastery blog entitled Reflections from the School
for the Lord's Service. It is a multi-voice blog with different sisters posting every week. New posts will go up on
Wednesdays. Click here to read.