Ordinary People–Extraordinary Lives!

National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to ordained ministry and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. Observance of Vocation Awareness Week began in Read more »


At evening prayer on July 30, the sisters celebrated the diamond jubilees of Sr. Emmanuel Pieper and Sr. Dorothy Schuette. Sr. Emmanuel celebrated 75 years of vowed life and Sr. Dorothy celebrated 60 years. Sr. Aileen Bankemper presided. Following evening prayer, the celebration continued with a special dinner for all. Sr. Andrea Vasquez was also Read more »

Sr. Victoria Eisenman


Sister Victoria Eisenman was born on April 25, 1928 to Francis A. and Margaret Fussinger Eisenman and named Audrey Jean. She was the older of two children; her brother Jerry (now deceased) followed. Audrey entered St. Walburg Monastery in 1946, became a novice in 1947 and received the name Victoria. First profession followed in 1948, Read more »

Re-election of Sr. Aileen Bankemper

Sr. Aileen Bankemper

St. Walburg Monastery joyfully announces the re-election of Sr. Aileen Bankemper as prioress. After setting direction statements this past year, the community entered a discernment weekend on April 22. Sr. Aileen is re-elected for a four-year term. The discernment process was led by Sr. Elaine Fischer, OSB of Atchison, Kansas. The election was presided over Read more »

Sr. M. David Ruschmann, OSB

Sr. M. David Ruschmann, OSB

Villa Hills – Sister M. David Ruschmann, OSB, died peacefully Tuesday, April 19, at St. Walburg Monastery at age 95. A Benedictine sister for over 75 years, Sr. David served as a nurse and nurse anesthetist at Santa Fe Hospital, La Junta, CO and St. Joseph Hospital. Florence, CO, Director of Nursing at Madonna Manor, Read more »

Sr. Henrietta Seiler, 1927-2022

Sr. Henrietta Seiler

Sister Henrietta Seiler, OSB, died peacefully Sunday evening, January 30 at St. Walburg Monastery at age 94. A Benedictine sister for over 72 years, Sr. Henrietta served as a primary grade teacher at a number of schools in the Diocese of Covington, St. Peter & Paul, Danville, KY and at St. Patrick School, La Junta, Read more »

Sr. Laura Vallimont, OSB January 6, 1944-December 28,2021

Sr. Laura Vallimont

Sr. Laura Vallimont, OSB January 6, 1944-December 28,2021 Sister Laura Vallimont, O.S.B. died at age 77, on December 28, 2021, following a short illness. She was born on January 6, 1944, in Erie, PA, a daughter of Elmer and Eleanor Vallimont. Baptized Dolores Helen, Sr Laura grew up among 17 siblings, eight sisters and nine Read more »

Sr. Rose Rauen, OSB January 27, 1929-October 28, 2021

Sr. Rose Rauen

Sister Rose Rauen, OSB died peacefully on Thursday, October 28 at St. Walburg Monastery at the age of 92. A Benedictine sister for over 72 years, Sr. Rose Rauen served as a teacher at St. Henry High School, associate professor, Chair of Math Dept and member of various committees at Villa Madonna College/Thomas More College Read more »

Sister Margaret Mary Gough

Sr. Margaret Mary Gough

Sr. Margaret Mary Gough, OSB died peacefully on Wednesday, February 10 at St. Elizabeth Hospital at the age of 90. A Benedictine sister for over 68 years, Sr. Margaret Mary served as a teacher, dorm mother at Villa Madonna Academy, registrar at Edgecliff College and Villa Madonna College (now Thomas More University), director of Covington Read more »