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Karen Rose, OSB, Editor-in-Chief


t has been our custom to include In Loving Memory tributes to our recently deceased sisters in the magazine which is published immediately after a sister’s death. However, it often doesn’t seem possible to do full justice to a sister’s life in the space that is available. We have, therefore, made the decision to publish a yearly tribute magazine which will contain the memorials of the sisters who have died in the previous year. In keeping with the Church’s tradition, the year will run from November 1 to October 31 of the following year.

In this issue you will find tributes to four sisters who died before November 1, 2015. To date, nine other sisters have also made the sacred transition to a new life: Cathel (Frances) Sefkow, OSB November 29, 1915 – November 14, 2015 Rita (Johnelle) Marschall, OSB January 23, 1933 – November 20, 2015 Marie (Alphonsetta) Brang, OSB July 14, 1917 – November 24, 2015

Laurent (Doris May) Trombley, OSB May 31, 1920 – November 25, 2015

Romaine (LaVera) Theisen, OSB February 9, 1922 – November 25, 2015 Alard (Bernadette) Zimmer, OSB February 5, 1923 – December 1, 2015

Theodora (Agnes Catherine) Nelson, OSB September 30, 1920 – January 4, 2016 Elizabeth (Zachary) Roufs, OSB September 11, 1931 – February 5, 2016 Gretchen (Celestine) Jumbeck, OSB February 7, 1935 – February 18, 2016

It is these sisters who will be among the first to be remembered in our new publication which we will mail late 2016/early 2017. Meanwhile, we ask you to hold them, and all our deceased sisters, in prayer.

Memorial Service Invitation

We will be holding a memorial service for deceased sisters on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Special remembrance will be made of sisters who have died in the previous two years. If you are a family member or close friend of a deceased sister, we warmly invite you to join us for this service.

10 – 10:30 a.m. Refreshments in the Gathering Place 10:30 – 11:20 a.m. Visit sisters’ graves in the monastery cemetery and browse archival material related to sisters being specially remembered 11:30 a.m. Eucharist for deceased sisters in Sacred Heart Chapel


If you would like to attend, please contact Sister Barbara Kort at or (320) 363-8922. Additional information will be posted on our Web site at closer to the date.


& Friends

Benedictine Sisters and Friends, Spring Summer 2016  

Published by the Office of Mission Advancement, Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn. The purpose of Benedictine Sisters and Friends...