St. Walburg Monastery

We Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, faithful to our monastic profession, seek God in community, prayer and work.

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Sr. Mary Xavier Anneken (95) the oldest member of the community  died this afternoon around 2:30 pm. Sr. Xavier was born March 26,1923 to John and Clara Robish Anneken.and entered St. Walburg Monastery on December 27, 1946. She was one of four sisters from the Anneken family to enter St. Walburg Monastery. Sr. Xavier always had a head for numbers and business and although she taught the 5th and 6th grades at St. Henry School in Erlanger from 1950-51, most of her ministry was spent in business offices, especially at Mount Mary Hospital in Hazard, Kentucky, Estill County Hospital (now Marcum-Wallace Hospital) in Irvine, Kentucky and St. Joseph Hospital, Florence, Colorado. From-2011 she was either Transportation Assistant or Transportation Director at SWM. Sr. Xavier loved her time in Eastern Kentucky and had a treasure trove of stories about Eastern Kentucky. She enjoyed reading and was an ardent Cincinnati Reds fan.

Reception of the Body and Vigil will be held in the monastery chapel on Thursday, May 25 at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will at4 pm on Friday, May 26 in the chapel, followed by interment in the monastery cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Rd, Villa Hills, KY 41017

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Please remember Sr. Xavier in your prayers.



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Benedictine Sisters work with the City of Villa Hills to plan for the future

April 11, 2016

For more than 150 years St. Walburg Monastery of Benedictine Sisters of Covington, Kentucky, Inc. has served the church and local communities in Northern Kentucky by providing education, healthcare and other pastoral services. For over 110 years the Benedictine sisters have lived on Amsterdam Rd., now in the City of Villa Hills. In 1904 they established Villa Madonna Academy, in 1964 Madonna Manor, a healthcare facility for senior adults, and in 1972 Villa Madonna Montessori School.


Recently the sisters have received funding from the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) to analyze their finances, ongoing operations and infirmary services and to provide recommendations about providing a secure future for the members of the community. One recommendation was to explore ways to use their property and grounds for increased revenue and retirement funding while continuing to contribute to the local community.


The Benedictine Sisters, together with Madonna Manor, Inc., a member of Franciscan Living Community and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), are initiating an in-depth planning study to explore potential changes that will provide more flexible use of their properties. They are working together with the City of Villa Hills and the Planning and Development Services of Kenton County (PDS) on the study. Their combined efforts will help St. Walburg Monastery, Madonna Manor, Villa Madonna Academy, and Villa Madonna Montessori continue to be assets to the Villa Hills community.          


“St. Walburg, Madonna Manor, Villa Madonna Academy and Villa Madonna Montessori are great neighbors and important members of our Villa Hills community,” explained Mayor Butch Callery. “It is important for the City to participate in their long-range planning. Our goal is to balance their future plans with the needs of our residents, their neighbors,” the Mayor added. He went on to say that updates to the comprehensive plan and the small area study will help ensure a bright future for all involved.


Sr. Mary Catherine Wenstrup, Prioress of St. Walburg Monastery, says, “We are happy to be able to plan with Madonna Manor and the City of Villa Hills for the future of all concerned. The Benedictine Sisters expect to be a presence in the Villa Hills community for many years to come.”


Over the next few months a committee of representatives from St. Walburg Monastery, Madonna Manor, the City and PDS will oversee a process of examining the current comprehensive plan and zoning. The plan will also include marketing and traffic studies to assist the team in gaining a clear picture for the future. Those who are interested in providing their thoughts on the future of the site are encouraged to attend a public meeting at River Ridge Elementary School on May 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will include presentations about the project, market study, and transportation study as well as an opportunity for roundtable group discussion and input from attendees.

For information about the re-zoning process:


Craig T. Bohman

City Administrator/Clerk – City of Villa Hills, Kentucky

720 Rogers Rd

Villa Hills, KY 41017



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