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.
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
Villa Madonna Montessori
See pictures below
Of the City of Villa Hills, Kentucky
To All To Whom These Presents Shall Come:
Whereas, In 1961 Sister. Benedict Bunning was elected the seventh prioress of St. Walburg Monastery; and
Whereas, In December of 1963 Sister Bunning presented the idea of a “home for the aged” to the community at St. Walburg, which voted to “construct and staff on the grounds of St. Walburg … a senior citizens’ home…”; and
Whereas, The first building opened inDecember of 1964 and many more buildings and projects were added expanding the size and services offered at Madonna Manor between 1964 and today; and
Whereas, The first three administrators of Madonna Manor were Sister Germaine Gehring, Sister Martina Arnold and Sister Charles Wolking, and a total of twenty-seven sisters worked at Madonna Manor while nineteen others served on the Board of Directors which after 1999 included lay members; and
Whereas, In 1998 the community joined the Benedictine Health Network and hired Madonna Manor’s first lay administrator, Sue McConn; and
Whereas, In 2006 the Monastery chapter voted to transfer sponsorship and operations of Madonna Manor to the Franciscan Sisters of Sylvania; and
Whereas, In 2014 Madonna Manor celebrates fifty years of operation and service to Villa Hills and the wider Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region;
NOW THEREFORE, in order to celebrate and thank the sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, the operators, staff and residents of Madonna Manor for the contributions they make to our City and to honor them for improving the quality of life of those they serve and for being an integral part of the fabric of the our community, I hereby proclaim Saturday, June 14, 2014 as
MADONNA MANOR DAY IN VILLA HILLS, KENTUCKY
AND FURTHERMORE I hereby encourage all members of our community to join the celebration of Madonna Manor’s 505h Anniversary.
Signed this 14th day of June, 2014
Michael Martin, Mayor
Campbell (91) died early this morning, May 23. She was a teacher,
librarian, pastoral minister and musician and served in many
positions in the Dioceses of Covington, Kentucky and LaJunta,
Colorado. She was one of the pioneer sisters at All Saints School in
Walton, Kentucky when it was established in 1951. Reception of the
Body, Evening Prayer and Visitation Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30 pm at
St. Walburg Monastery Chapel; Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday,
May 28 at 5:20 pm, St. Walburg Monastery Chapel, followed by
interment in the Monastery cemetery.
For community obituary, click here
|Pat Heidrich, one of the original Benedictine Oblates who joined the group in 1987, died on April 30, 2014. Please remember her and her family in your prayers. For more information about Pat, click here.|
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.
Helen Kiffmeyer, who had a long association with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery died on April 1, 2014. She was a member of the original Oblate group joining in 1985 and making her first Oblation in 1987. Please remember her and her family in your prayers. For more information about Helen, click here.
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,
To view the 2013 Statement on Immigration passed
by the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses
February 4, 2013, click here.
|Arcadia Press has
Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg
To order a copy, email Sr.
Proceeds from the book go to
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg
You can review the first chapter of the
book at www.arcadiapublishing.com 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.