News and Events

Center of Spirituality Announces Fall Speaker

Register soon! Join us for a presentation The Spirituality of Presence presented by Sr. Olga Wittekind, OSF, Ph.D. Dr. Wittekind is a Franciscan Sister from Oldenburg, IN. Former teacher of clinical psychology at Marian College, Indianapolis, IN., she is currently the director of Oldenburg Franciscan Center, Jungian analyst, spiritual director, and retreat director. Saturday, September Read more »

Post Easter Experiences

I am always struck by the Gospels that are read after the Resurrection. We find in Luke that the disciples were walking away from Jerusalem to Emmaus when they met Jesus and failed to recognize Him. Jesus opened their recognition of Him by referring to the Scriptures about Him and in the breaking of the bread. Their hope Read more »

Sr. Andrea Collopy, OSB

Sister Andrea Collopy, OSB, died peacefully on Monday, April 3 at St. Walburg Monastery at age 96. A Benedictine sister for over 76 years, Sr. Andrea served as teacher for 40 years at Villa Madonna Academy, director of the boarding school, the community’s secretary, procurator, sub-prioress and house and infirmary coordinator. She is preceded 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 »

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 »