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Holy Angels Echoes Olivetan Benedictine Sisters Jonesboro, Arkansas 72403-1209 Volume 29 No 4

Perpetual Vows On August 15, Sr. Maria Christi Cavanaugh professed Perpetual Vows as an Olivetan Benedictine Sister in the chapel at Holy Angels Convent. Sr. Maria Christi entered from St. Luke Parish in Temple, Texas. However, her parents now live in Indiana, where she calls home. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, DD, D D Diocese of Little Rock officiated at lor, y B. Tay n o h the Mass and witnessed the profession t B n S A Bishop hristi, O C ia of Vows at a 2:00 p.m. service. r a rM & Siste Prior Leonard Wagner, OSB, of Subiaco Abbey, and other visiting clergy concelebrated the Mass with the Bishop. Deacon Jerry Klement from Sr. Maria Christi’s former parish in Texas, assisted the Bishop at the Mass. After a five-day retreat made at Subiaco Abbey, Sr. Maria Christi made a lifetime commitment of Vows of Obedience, Poverty, Chastity, Reformation of Life according to Monastic Principals and Stability in the Community. A luncheon for immediate family members and invited guests preceded the 2:00 p.m. ceremony in Holy Angels Convent Chapel, which was followed by a Reception open to the public.

REMAINDER - QUASQUICENTENNIAL EVENTS 125 Anniversary of our first Sisters from Switzerland to Arkansas (1887-2012) November 25 – AFTERNOON RECEPTION AND TOURNS 2:00 TO 4:00 P.M. Guests: Hospital Employees, Medical Staff, Ministerial Alliance, Volunteers, Parishioners and Friends. December 13 – CLOSING OF QUASQUICENTENNIAL EVENTS (Sisters only) - Community Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving 5:00 p.m. Mass, followed by meal prepared by KC’s

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Vocation Journey of Sr. Maria Christi Cavanaugh Sr. Maria Christi was born in Hamler, Ohio, the oldest of four children born to Anna and Lawrence Cavanaugh. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, she worked in several capacities as a registered nurse. Early in her career, she relocated to Texas and earned a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management. She served as Director of two Home Health Agencies and later worked in Hospital Administration, until she answered the call to religious life in 2006. During the years preceding her entry to Holy Angels Convent, Sr. Maria Christi began to consider a vocation to religious life. She was prompted to consider this after spending time in Eucharistic Adoration and Mass, and was encouraged by co-workers, friends, and her pastor. Sister shared that many things about religious life at Holy Angels appealed to her. “The particular apostolate of the community matched my gifts and talents,” she said. “I found out early on that monastic life is not like corporate life…I was attracted to Benedictine spirituality because it offered a balance of work, prayer, study and recreation which did not exist in my corporate career and past life.” After making first vows, Sr. Maria Christi took a few Graduate Theology classes through St. Meinrad’s Archabbey Theology School, which she greatly enjoyed. She has spent the last few years working in Pastoral Care at St. Bernard’s Medical Center, where she daily brings comfort and prayer to the patients and their families. She also loves teaching High School Religious Education at St. Peter’s Parish in Wynne, Arkansas. “I see my vocation as an unexpected gift from God,” Sr. Maria Christi shared. “Here there is no scrambling for first place. It is the opposite. As St. Benedict states…we are to scramble for last place. The only ladder we should be climbing is the one to humility…A welcome relief!”

Message From The Prioress

Sister OSB Reiter, n Marie


Time flies – Soon this year will be over. As we work trying to make everything ready for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, we should take some time out to pray. Even if it is only five or ten minutes. We are told by St. Paul to pray unceasingly. We are to enter into our deepest core - our heart.

There we will find a given gift of grace. If we search for it, we shall find it. Through prayer, we find we have the mind, spirit and prayer of Christ. Our task is to decrease so that Christ may increase. The paradox is that the more we lose ourselves, the more we find ourselves. When we fully decrease to the point of disappearing, we will reappear in Christ and know ourselves for the first time. Take time to pray. I pray that you will take many minute breaks to talk to God throughout the day, and begin to pray unceasingly as you work “Ora et Labora,” God bless you. You are in my prayers.

38t h Anniversary Dedicat ion

On October 12, Holy Angels celebrated the 38th Anniversary of the dedication of our present chapel and convent, which took place in 1974. It was also, the day to express appreciation to all diocesan priests. Each diocesan priest, both active and retired, received an invitation to attend the 11:00 a.m. Mass followed by a luncheon. Due to the busy schedule of many priests, only a limited number were able to attend. Monsignor Frank Malone, JCL, PA, Chancellor of Ecclesial Affairs for the diocese, was the Priests who con-celebrated Mass Oct. 12: principal celebrant and gave a memorable homily. Visiting L to R: Fr. Mike Sinkler, Fr. Vincent Udo, Msgr. priests and chaplain, Fr. Vincent Francis Malone & Fr. Jack Vu.. Udo con-celebrated. Following the Mass, Sister Eileen Schneider was assisted by ladies from Blessed Sacrament Parish in serving the meal. Sr. Mary Anne Nuce gave the closing remarks and expressed appreciation to the priests for their continued support, and encouragement over the 125 years. Following the luncheon, souvenir anniversary booklets were presented to the priests and copies were mailed to the priests, who were not able to attend.

New Postulant In early August, the Sisters of Holy Angels Convent welcomed Postulant Postulant Jessica Luttmer Jessica Luttmer to the community. Postulant Jessica is a native of Muenster, Texas and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Postulant Jessica has worked several years in food service and at a nursing facility for the elderly near her hometown. During Evening Prayer on August 4, Sr. Lillian Marie Reiter, Prioress, called Postulant Jessica forward to receive the Benedictine Medal and commended her to the care of Sr. Ann Marie Ferricher, Formation Directress. Sr. Lillian Marie encouraged the community to support Postulant Jessica with prayers and good example. Please pray for Postulant Jessica and all those discerning a call to Holy Angels Convent.

Statue of Mary

Anthony and Beverly Bartels donated a life-size, outdoor statue of Mary, the Mother of God, to the Sisters of Holy Angels Convent. It has been placed down by the lake, just opposite the dock. We ask Mary to intercede for us and all who enter our property.


Servers for luncheon Oct. 12 Blessed Sacrament Parish

Echoes published quarterly by the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters Sister Henrietta Hockle – Editor Sister Glorea Knaggs – Associate Editor Sister Monica Swirczynski – Proof Reader Sister Marilyn Doss & Sister Miriam Burns – Photos Sister Thèrése Johnson,Sister Virginia Baltz & Sr. Mary Anne Nuce – Circulation

Master Print Group • Jonesboro, AR – Printing

ACTIVITIES MEETINGS August 4 – Sr. Glorea Knaggs renewed her temporary vows at the 11:00 Mass. August 4-5 – Sr. Pauline Morath, Sr. Henrietta Hockle and Sr. Virginia Baltz attended 125th Anniversary Celebration of St. John’s Parish and School in Engelberg. Sr. Pauline taught in that school and both Sr. Henrietta and Sr. Virginia have roots there because their mothers grew up in that parish and attended that school. August 18 – St.Bernards Women’s Advisory Council held its seventh annual “Kids Fun Fair,” and was given a new name – “Kids on the Mile.” This health-related activity attracted about three thousand people. August 26 – St. Michael Parish in West Memphis, held a jubilee celebration, to honor Sr. Christopher Flowers for her 60th Anniversary of Profession, and for her years of service to their parish. A group of Sisters from Jonesboro attended. September 7 – The Diocese of Little Rock, held a special celebration for Bishop Emeritus Andrew J. McDonald, DD, on his 40th Episcopal Ordination. Sr. Henrietta Hockle, Sr. Mary Anne Nuce and Sr. Elaine Willett attended the celebration. September 8-9 – Father Leonard Wangler, OSB, Prior of Subiaco, gave the first of the Spiritual Weekends at Holy Angels for the 2012-2013 year. He spoke on the 50th anniversary of opening of Vatican Council II, by Pope John XXIII in 1962. September -10– The 2012 Fall Scripture Class was begun, with Sr. Romana Rohmer again as the coordinator of the group. The Little Rock Scripture Study topic was “Life Eternal and the Life of the World to Come,” Reflections on Biblical Notions of Heaven by John F. Craghan. September 14 – Sr. Lillian Marie Reiter, Sr. Georgia Felderhoff, Sr. Mary John Seyler, Sr. Romana Rohmer and Sr. Jeanette Bayer attended the 60 t h Anniversary Mass and Reception for Sr. Roberta Hesse, OLV, at Sacred Heart Parish, Muenster, TX. September 22 – Fr. Warren Harvey and 45 Parishioners from the three black parishes in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pine Bluff visited Holy Angels for a tour and enjoyed lunch. Fr. Harvey presented a plaque of appreciation to Sr. De Porres and Community for her work with the black Catholics of the Diocese. September 28 – St. Bernards held a retirement reception for Sister Cordis Kim for her 33 years of work in the Pastoral Care Department of the hospital. CONGRATULATIONS, SISTER. continued on page 4

Remembering the Past By Sister Celestine Pond WOMAN OF FAITH – Exultantly, I completed the last requirements for my Master’s Degree at De Paul University: namely an oral examination in Music History and Organ Recital. Rejoicing, I was making final preparations to return to Holy Angels Convent as the telephone rang. It was Sister Benedicta asking me to serve as her Sub-prioress. Humanly, my heart sank, in the reality that music was not to be mine for a while. In a very short time my memory surfaced. To be Sub-prioress and assist Sr.Benedicta Boeckmann, an already proven – Woman of Faith. Many and varied Apostolic assignments had proved her ability to serve. For thirteen years, St. John’s Seminary knew her dedicated service. Eight years following this, she was administrator of St. John’s Hospice in Hot Springs. In 1955, Sister Benedicta was responsible for helping high school girls to discern if they had a call from God to serve as an Olivetan Benedictine Sister. A position she held for five years. Another adventure for Sister Benedicta was tapped in 1960 when she was

sent to New Iberia, Louisiana to organize a nursing home, known as Consolata Home. She was administrator there for six years. In 1966, the Sisters of Holy Angels Convent elected Sister Benedicta to serve as prioress. A position she held for the next nine years. During her Administration, came the rebuilding of St. John’s Hospice in Hot Springs, known as Benedictine Manor and the erection of a new Motherhouse which was dedicated in 1974. Several additions to St. Bernards Hospital in Jonesboro were realized under her leadership. After her term as superior, Sister Benedicta was assigned to be Novitiate / Formation Directress for the next six years. In conclusion, Sr. Benedicta ended her life working in the Pastoral Care Department, which she had founded in 1967, at St. Bernards Medical Center. To assist her as Sub-prioress was quite a challenge to me!

Holy Angels Day – October 2

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To celebrate Holy Angels Day on October 2, during our Quasquicentennial Year, three specific groups were invited to join us for Mass, followed by a festive meal. We were pleased that a number of Oblates, Former Members and Family Members were able to attend. Fr. Leonard Wangler, OSB, Prior of Subiaco Abbey, scheduled to offer the Mass at 11:00 a.m., gave a memorable homily. Bishop Moses Prakasam, DD, visiting from India, celebrated the Mass, along with other area clergy. Novice Jeanine had an unexpected surprise when her dad, who had gone through the RCIA program several times, made his profession of faith and was received into the Catholic Church during the Mass. Her pastor from Magnolia, Fr. Tony Robbins,

Sr. Mary John Seyler with Oblates.

had made the preliminary arrangements. The First Step group from the Weiner and Jonesboro parishes served the meal which followed the Mass. After the luncheon, Sr. Henrietta Hockle gave some brief remarks about our 125th anniversary and Sr. Mary Anne Nuce and Sr. Romana Rohmer distributed anniversary booklets to those who did not already have one. During the afternoon, Sr. Romana Rohmer opened the gift shop for the visitors. At 2:00 p.m., a reception was held for the Administration, Governing Board and Foundation Board for St. Bernards, followed by tours. Sr. Deborah Coffey with ladies from the Pocahontas and Engelberg parishes served for the reception.

L E AV E A L E G A C Y Six Ways to Leave a Legacy to Holy Angels Convent: • Remember Holy Angels Convent in your Will.




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• Name Holy Angels Convent as a beneficiary of your IRA or Pension Plan.




• Purchase a Life Insurance Policy and name Holy Angels Convent as beneficiary. • Remember deceased loved ones with memorial gifts to Holy Angels Convent. • Remember Holy Angels Convent with planned gifts. • Establish a Charitable Remainder Trust with Holy Angels Convent as the charity. Contact your attorney for correct procedure.

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ACTIVITIES MEETINGS September 29 – The Diocesan Jubilee Celebration for Religious this year was held at the Cathedral and McDonald Hall. Sr. Eileen Schneider helped to coordinate program. Mgr. John F. O’Donnell was the featured speaker. Our Jubilarian, Sr. Celestine Pond, attended the celebration and represented our other two Jubilarians. A number of other Sisters from Holy Angel also attended. October 2 – A group of Sisters attended the Butterfly Release sponsored by St. Bernards Advocates for the Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House. October 13-15 – Abbot Lambert Reilly, OSB, from St. Meinrad Abbey, visited Holy Angels enroute to Subiaco, and a return visit on the following Friday through Sunday. October 25 – A group of Sisters attended (St. Bernards Evening of Music)

Vocations Activities

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August 3-5 – Sr. Mary Clare Bezner, Vocation Directress, and Sr. Maria Christi Cavanaugh attended the Midwest Family Conference in Kansas City, Kansas. Sr. Mary Clare served as MC and a speaker for the junior high students. Sr. Maria Christi served as a teacher for the 3-5 year old group. October 12-15 – A group of eight grade students from Sacred Heart School in Muenster, Texas visited Holy Angels Convent.

Please continue to pray for those in formation and for more vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life.

V OSpecial L thanks UN TEERS to all our volunteers. They touch many lives by volunteering at different areas: Sr. Romana Rohmer volunteers at St. Bernards Hospice House. Sr. Mary Anne Nuce volunteers at Blessed Sacrament School. Sr. Eileen Schneider volunteers at Helping Neighbor Food Pantry. Sr. Miriam Burns volunteers at Prison Ministry in Newport. Sr. Deborah Coffey volunteers at St. Bernards Hospice House

Servers for Reception: Oct. 2 Ladies from Engelberg & Pocahontas Parishes

New Publication This year, the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters of Jonesboro are celebrating the 125th Anniversary of our first Sisters coming from Switzerland to Arkansas (1887-2012). An Anniversary booklet, written by Sr. Henrietta Hockle was published to commemorate this milestone. “Those who sent in $10 to be listed in the book, as “Friends of Holy Angels,” are eligible to receive a complimentary copy. If your name is not listed in the book, and you are interested in receiving a copy, please send in name and address, along with donation to cover cost of printing and shipping, , and you will receive a copy. SEND to Sr. Romana Rohmer, Gift Shop, Holy Angels Convent, P.O. Box 1209, Jonesboro, AR 72403-1209.

Sympathy & Prayers We extend sincere sympathy and prayers to the following who have lost a loved one recently: To the Schmuck and Rouby families on the death of Marguriete Schmuck Rouby, (alumna 1941), who died on March 7, 2012. Sister Monica and the Knauf and Swirczynski families on the death of Uncle Ed Knauf, who died on August 1, 2012. and also to her and the Swirczynski and Erpelding families on death of Aunt Catherine Erpelding, who died on October 7, 2012 Sister Cecilia Nguyen and family, on death of Aunt Anna Nguyen, who died September 4, 2012.

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