Sister Joan Gripshover 1942-2020 Born June 9, 1942 Entered St. Walburg Monastery in 1961 Received habit in 1962 Died March 30, 2020 Sister Joan Gripshover was born on June 9, 1942 to Aloysius and Anna Gripshover and named Patricia Gertrude. She was the second of eight children, two sisters and five brothers. Patricia was a graduate of St. Henry High School and a twelve-year student there. She entered St. Walburg Monastery in 1961. She became a novice in 1962 and received the name Joan. First profession followed in 1963 and perpetual profession in 1968. Sr. Joan celebrated her silver [...]
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Sister Estelle Schulte, 1926-2019 Born September 30, 1926 Received habit, 1946 First Profession, 1947 Died December 10, 2019 Sister Estelle Schulte was born on September 30, 1926 to Norbert and Irene Faust Schulte and named Mary Catherine. She was the third of five children, three brothers and one sister, all of whom are deceased. Mary Catherine was a graduate of Holy Cross High School and entered St. Walburg Monastery in 1945. She became a novice in 1946 and received the name Estelle. First profession followed in 1947 and perpetual profession in 1950. Sister Estelle celebrated her silver jubilee in 1972, [...]
Ashley Builders Group and St. Walburg Monastery settle zoning dispute with Villa Hills residents Drees Homes and Fischer Homes to build homes in new development VILLA HILLS, Ky. -- Ashley Builders Group and Saint Walburg Monastery of Benedictine Sisters of Covington, Kentucky have agreed to settle a zoning appeal by Defend VH Group, LLC and 12 Villa Hills residents who sought to overturn a decision by the Villa Hills City Council that permitted construction of a mixed-use residential development project by the developer on real estate owned by the religious order. After a two-year process in which the developer and monastery worked closely with the City of Villa Hills and Kenton County PDS to conduct an in-depth land-use study for the proposed project -- known as the Sanctuary Village -- City Council voted to approve rezoning to [...]
Sister Cecilia Daigle 1931-2018 Born December 17, 1931 Entered St. Scholastica Priory, Covington, Louisiana August 25, 1948 Received Habit August 17, 1949 Made First Profession January 14, 1951 Transferred Profession of Stability to St. Walburg Monastery August 1, 1992 Died August 8, 2018 Sister Cecilia Daigle was born in New Orleans, LA on December 17, 1931 to Richard and Mary Lamy Daigle and named Claire Ann. She was the fifth of five children, having one brother and three sisters. One sister is still living. Claire attended high school at St. Mary’s Dominican and St. Scholastica Academy, each for two years. After [...]
Sister Helen Hergot 1936-2018 Born June 7, 1936 Yosemite, California Entered St. Walburg Monastery August 15, 1954 Received Habit July 2, 1955 Made First Profession August 24, 1956 Died December 27, 2018 Sister Helen Hergott was born in Yosemite, California on June 7, 1936 to H. Stanley and Esther Bramlage Hergott. She was the oldest of three daughters. After the death of her mother, her father married Gabriella Blau, who brought her two sons and one daughter into the joined family. Helen graduated from St. Henry High School in 1954 and entered St. Walburg Monastery that August. She became a novice [...]
Sister Justina Franxman 1928-2019 Born April 23, 1923 in Newport, Kentucky Entered St. Walburg Monastery September 8, 1948 Received Habit June 30, 1949 First Profession August 24, 1950 Died March 4, 2019 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. Mary entered St. Walburg Monastery in 1948. She became a novice in 1949 and received the name Sister Justina. First profession followed in 1950 [...]
Sister Esther O'Hara, 1929-2018 Born December 14, 1929 in Covington, Kentucky Entered St. Walburg Monastery September 7, 1947 Received habit June 29, 1948 First Profession June 30, 1949 Died January 31, 2018 Sister Esther O’Hara was born on December 14, 1929 to William and Marie Wischer O’Hara and named Laverne. She was one of seven children, having two sisters and four brothers. One sister died as an infant. After graduation from St. Henry High School Laverne entered St. Walburg Monastery in 1947. She became a novice in 1948 and received the name Sister Esther. First profession followed in 1949 and [...]
Current Interests: I have remained active in promoting the Benedictine charism at Villa Madonna Academy by chairing a Benedictine Identity Committee with six of the lay teachers, Sr. Mary Carol, CDP, and Sr. Mary Carol, OSB. It is my pleasure to coordinate the activities in the school's former dormitories at Villa Madonna Center. Meeting the people who come for weekend retreats or other gatherings and having the opportunity to welcome them with our traditional Benedictine hospitality is truly energizing. It is also a pleasure to have time to sew and do little things for our sisters. I don't sew or bake [...]