Two St. Benedict Sisters Make Professions

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Geracitano Rachel Photo: Sisters of St. Benedict

SR Geracitano Rachel
Photo: Sisters of St. Benedict

SR Jane Ann Breen Photo: Sisters of St. Benedict - Ferdinand

SR Jane Ann Breen
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From Laura Reckelhoff / Sisters of St. Benedict

Sisters Jane Ann Breen and Rachel Geracitano recently made their first profession of monastic vows, officially joining the community of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Sister Rachel is a graduate of Bellarmine University in Louisville with a major in theology and a minor in psychology. She has been an activities assistant in the monastery’s Hildegard Health Center, volunteered at the Guadalupe Center in Huntingburg, and assisted in the Vocations Office and with various monastery services. In addition to these services over the past year, called the Novitiate year, Sister Rachel has been taking classes at both Saint Meinrad School of Theology and through the formation department at Monastery Immaculate Conception in preparation for profession. This fall, she will begin working on a Masters in Pastoral Theology.

Sister Jane Ann is originally from Indianapolis and is re-entering the Sisters of St. Benedict community. She was a teacher at Academy Immaculate Conception for 20 years, where she also served as principal for four years. She was a principal and teacher at Shawe Memorial Junior and Senior High School in Madison and taught at Madison Women’s Correctional Institution through Oakland City University. She was an instructor at Ivy Tech, for which she now teaches online classes. She is also a Red Cross instructor. Since returning to the monastery in January, she has been getting to know the community again and assisting in various ways throughout the monastery in preparation for profession.

Founded in 1867, the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand currently number 156 and serve in areas of education, parish work, health care, retreat and spirituality work, social services, counseling, and mission work in Indiana, Kentucky, and Peru.

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