St. Walburg Monastery

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

We celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ and serve him in all God's people, the young and the old, the sick and the poor, the stranger and the guest.

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Click here to read the Oblates fall newsletter 2014.

Sr. Dominic Sullivan (86) died the evening of November 11. Sr. Dominic had suffered for many years with Parkinson's Disease. She entered St. Walburg Monastery in 1947. Her ministries included being a nurse aid in our hospitals in Colorado, teaching grade school at Falmouth, Kentucky, working as a catechist and a home nurse in Hazard, Kentucky and working as a home nurse in Northern Kentucky. Please remember Sr. Dominic and her family in your prayers. Funeral arrangements pending.  Memorials may be made to St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017. Click here for community obituary.
Sr. Betty Cahill (83) died on October 23. Sr. Betty served as an elementary teacher in the Diocese of Covington and in outreach ministry in Appalachia. At the monastery she mowed the lawns, worked the flowers bed and served as novice directress, community secretary and archivist. Please remember Sr. Betty and her family in your prayers. Memorials may be made to St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017. Click here for community obituary.

Retreat for Women

November 14-16, 2014

Encountering Christ in the Psalms


The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery are offering a weekend retreat for women entitled "Encountering Christ in the Psalms" on November 16-18, 2014. Retreat leaders are Srs. Dorothy Schuette and Mary Tewes. The retreatants will stay in the monastery's Guest House and attend meals and community prayers at the monastery.

 Cost: $175.00. 

Please register by November 1, 2014

For more information please contact Sr. Dorothy Schuette at (859)-291-2288 or email to



Click here to read the Summer 2014 issue of LEAVEN.


Mary Frances Huhn – a Friend of

Benedictines her whole life


     On Sept. 4, Oblate Mary Frances Huhn (78), died following a stroke on July 23. Mary Fran had been living at The Carriage Court of Kenwood, an assisted living facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. Following the stroke, she was in the hospital; then to went to rehab at Twin Lakes on Montgomery Rd. On Aug. 30, she was hospitalized again. She died peacefully with her two sisters, Pat and Carol, present. Fran was one of five children and has ten nieces and nephews and fifteen greats. She will be missed by family and friends.
      Mary Frances had donated her body to science.  There will be a memorial Mass at the Carriage Court for Thursday, Sept. 25, 7:00p.m. There will also be a Mass at the Monastery for her on Wed. Oct. 15, 5:20 p.m.
     Mary Frances had a life-long connection with Benedictines and the Rule of St. Benedict. Sr. Bernard was a relative, and Srs. Justina Franxman and Joan Gripshover were second cousins. She attended St. Henry’s school in Erlanger, KY for 12 years, graduating in 1954, and was acquainted with many sisters there. She was good friends with Sr. Betty Cahill from 8th grade on, playing baseball with her and their other friends.
     She later became a Trappistine at the Regina Laudis Monastery in Wrethen, Mass. with OCSO behind her name for 17 years 91954-71).  After returning to Northern, KY she was one of the first in the area to have open-heart surgery, remaining under heart-doctor care ever since. She worked as a chocolatier at Graeter’s, also as a medical assistant for various doctors in Cincinnati & Northern, KY., finishing her career at the DCCH Center for Children and Families in Ft. Mitchell.
     Mary Fran became an Associate with our community with the first group in 1987. She said, “I am very grateful for my connection with this Benedictine Community, which helps me keep “grounded” in Benedictine Spirituality and Prayer. A sense of “community” is another aspect of being an Oblate. I have many friends and schoolmates who are members of this community – whom I admire for their faithful, unselfish, generous living of their vows in this Religious Community.”  (She wrote this for the Oblates 20th Anniversary Book in 2007.) She also listed her many prayer partners over the years:  Srs. Betty Cahill, Sylvester Shea, Wendeline Burkhard and Immaculata Haar.
     For the past 5 years, Mary Fran has not been able to come to Oblate Gatherings because of her heart problems, and she could no longer drive. Sr. Betty Cahill and I visited her last fall. She was in such good spirits and so happy to see us. Everyone remembers Mary Fran as a very jovial person, and always wearing a big smile.    

                                         Sr. Mary Tewes



Thank you to all who helped us in any way with the Nifty Fifty Festival and Flea Market on June 14, 2014 in honor of Madonna Manor's 50th Anniversary. It was a good day and we raised funds for all of the institutions involved:

St. Walburg Monastery

Villa Madonna Academy

Madonna Manor

Villa Madonna Montessori

See pictures below

Blessing for the 50th anniversary of Madonna Manor

Sr. Mary Catherine Wenstrup:  We are gathered here today to give thanks for Madonna Manor’s fifty years of ministry as a healthcare facility for senior adults. May the Lord Jesus, who commanded his disciples to heal the sick and to care for those in need, be here among us.

Let us pray for those who live and work here at Madonna Manor.

Let us pray for those who contributed to Madonna Manor’s tradition of care, especially the Franciscan Sisters of Sylvania, Ohio and the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery.

Let us pray for the benefactors, supporters and friends of Madonna Manor.

Let us pray for the Crescent Springs Fire Department and the Villa Hills Police Department who serve the residents and employees of Madonna Manor.

Let us pray for all who died at Madonna Manor and their families and friends.

Blessed are you, O God. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ Jesus heals our infirmities and diseases and brings us to eternal life. Make Madonna Manor a place of blessing and a center of love. Bless all who live at Madonna Manor and strengthen them by your grace. Bless all who work here that though their service, they may serve Christ himself.

Help the ministry of Madonna Manor flourish and bring to fulfillment the good work you have begun in this place. We pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who abides with you, now and forever. Amen.




Little Red Wagon Easter Gift from St. Walburg Monastery Maintenance Department

     Our maintenance department (left to right: Roberto, Rick, Paul and Tony) gave us a surprise Easter gift. They found the 1955-60 Stagger Wagon, manufactured by the Stagger Toy Company in Stagger, IL, in a shed behind Cottage 7 where Sr. Margaret Mary Gough lives. Full of old garden tools and buckets, the wagon was rusty with a broken handle. The last sister to use was Sr. Pauline Rice who used it to take water to Cottage 7’s garden and to haul produce to the cottage. She also gave her nephews exciting rides down the sloping drive in back of the monastery and enjoyed her own rides upon the pretence of entertaining her nephews.

     The maintenance department took the wagon to repair and refurbish it. They sandblasted the rust of it and did some welding on it. After a coat of paint and some new nuts and bolts, it looks like new with a new name painted on it. Roberto, Rick, Paul and Tony presented it to us with two azalea bushes for Easter. We thank them for the delightful surprise and the wonderful spring gift.


Click here to read the Winter Spring 2014 issue of the Oblate Newsletter.


On Saturday, January 18, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery officially welcomed Patty Bickett (left in picture) to the residency program. Sr. Mary Catherine, Wenstrup, prioress is pictured with Patty. We are pleased that Patty is here to discern her call to monastic life with us.


Click here to read the Winter 2013 issue of LEAVEN

Click here for the brochure with 2013 updated rates for the St. Walburg Monastery Guest House.


To view the Villa Montessori School slide show on YouTube,

 click here.


To view the 2013 Statement on Immigration passed

by the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses

February 4, 2013, click here.



Arcadia Press has published The

Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg


To order a copy, email Sr.

Deborah Harmeling at or call her

 at 859-331-6771.

Proceeds from the book go to

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg


You can review the first chapter of the

 book at or







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.





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