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 [...]
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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 [...]
Current Ministry and Interests: In 2003 I retired from being administrator in the Infirmary, having been a teacher for 43 years and serving in administration as sub-prioress for 12 years. I continue to lead exercises with the infirmary sisters twice each week, take people to doctors, do periodic night duty and help wherever I can. In my spare time I enjoy reading, crossword puzzles and crocheting baby booties of all kinds. I make these for my own pleasure and that of those who receive them. Favorite Scripture quotation: Scripture passages frequent my day, but I find myself saying, "Eye has not seen, [...]
Current ministry: I am a 6th grade teacher at Mary, Queen of Heaven School in Erlanger, Kentucky. Favorite quotation from Scripture: My favorite story from Scripture is the woman taken in adultery because its shows Jesus' love for her and for those who accuse her. Also I like a small quotation from Isaiah where God says, "I will hold you by the (right) hand." Monastic life at St. Walburg Monastery: Monastic life here at St. Walburg Monastery is real. We are people who are very much human, who are on our personal and communal journey. We are good women who pray, [...]
Current Ministry and Interests: I am the Community artist. My other interests are social justice issues and issues concerning the conservation and preservation of the earth. Favorite quotation from the Rule: "Where is the one in love with life and desiring to see good days?" Monastic Life at St. Walburg Monastery: Life with the Benedictines has been season after season of very good days. Monastic life at St. Walburg's is one of shared talents in a disciplined atmosphere of prayer and work. One grows personally through our shared vision of community and all the pertinent issues in our world today. I [...]
Current Ministry and Interests: My ministry has been elementary education. Presently, I am teaching fifth and sixth grade children at St. Francis Seraph School in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio. Favorite Scripture quotation: While I have numerous favorite quotes from Scripture, I especially love the Book of Psalms for personal reflection. This has been true since my earliest years in community. "Let everything that lives and breathes, praise God." Monastic Life at St. Walburg Monastery: We pray, work, celebrate. Our daily lives are nourished by the Scriptures and the liturgical seasons. What I value about community life: I value the way we support [...]