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 »

Sister Charles Wolking 2021

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Sister Charles Wolking 1924-2021 Born December 10, 1924 Entered St. Walburg Monastery in 1942 Received habit in 1943 Died February 3, 2021 Sister Charles Wolking was born on December 10, 1924 to Charles and Antoinette Mueller Wolking and named Jeanne Therese. She was the fourth of six girls, all of whom became Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery. Jeanne Wolking Read more »

Sister Rita Bilz 2021


Sister Rita Bilz 1926-2021 Born July 6, 1926 Entered St. Walburg Monastery in 1959 Received habit in 1960 Died February 3,  2021 Sister Rita Bilz was born on July 6, 1926 to John Lawrence and Margaret Foltz Bilz. Rita Philomena was the fifth of six children, the youngest of whom died as an infant. The family were members of Read more »

Sr. Joan Gripshover 2020

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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 Read more »

Sr. Estelle Schulte 2019


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 Read more »