Gen Maiers, OSB
’ve borrowed some words from St. Paul to sum up what I’d like to say to you: “I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you because of your partnership for the Gospel” (Philippians 1:3-5).
This is a bitter-sweet time for me as I write my last article for Benedictine Sisters and Friends. I have retired after 20½ years from my position in development. This was a good time! I had a high learning curve, understanding what philanthropy and development are. The bonus was getting to know so many of you! Getting to know you, building new relationships and strengthening “old” ones (friend-raising) was a highlight! Your faith in our mission and ministries is inspiring, and your friendship and support made my work satisfying. I have deep gratitude in my heart.
You made my ministry meaningful and worthwhile. You touched the lives of others and actually changed lives through our various ministries. Here are a few of the ways in which your financial support helped to make Benedictine values tangible: • Renovating the Main Building
• Building the Wellness Center at Saint Scholastica Convent
• Supporting good stewardship through the Common Ground Garden
• Supporting women in church ministry through the Sophia Program
is a time to meet you and to say thanks. Each year we are delighted to have 600–700 of you come to spend the afternoon. On that day, the Mother Benedicta Riepp award is given to a person for living Benedictine/Gospel values. You live out these values too. As you can see, I am leaving the Development Office with many “sweet” memories. What also makes this “sweet” is that Sister Karen Rose is eager, happy and competent to serve as director. She will do a great job in this role, assisted by a great staff and a wonderful prioress. I am confident that Sister Karen is counting on your outstanding support.
In this Year of Mercy I’d like to close with a quote from Pope Francis’ homily on March 17, 2013:
“A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just. We need to understand properly this mercy of God, this merciful Father who is so patient. … This mercy is beautiful.”
• Passing on Benedictine values through support of our Girls, God and Good Times (3G) summer camps and the Benedictine Women Service Corps (BWSC) • Enhancing our liturgies through repairs and energy savings in Sacred Heart Chapel
You have let us into your lives! You share your heartaches, worries, sicknesses, faith struggles and family issues. Repeatedly, we hear the significance of your prayer day. Your prayers are inclusive, too, as you ask us to join you in praying for refugees, immigrants, peace and forgiveness. You have also been a part of our lives! You celebrate the Eucharist, pray Liturgy of the Hours with us. Gratitude Day 14
Together, let’s continue to find ways to make this a more merciful world. Thank you!
Published on Apr 4, 2016
Published on Apr 4, 2016
Published by the Office of Mission Advancement, Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn. The purpose of Benedictine Sisters and Friends...