Four Benedictine Sisters Celebrate 50th Jubilee (PHOTOS)

FERDINAND (Local Sources) – Four Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their profession of monastic vows on August 22 at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. The jubilee Mass will be at 1 p.m. EDT in the monastery church. Bishop Charles C. Thompson, bishop of the Diocese of Evansville, will preside at the Mass. A reception for family and friends will follow in St. Gertrude Hall in the monastery.

The jubilarians, Sisters Eileen Reckelhoff, Jane Becker, Agnes Weinzapfel, and Donna Marie Herr professed their monastic vows in 1965. They entered the Ferdinand monastery in 1963.

Sister Eileen, from Ferdinand, served as an elementary teacher at Resurrection School and as a French teacher at Memorial High School, both in Evansville. (don’t need to include Indiana) She has been the director of vocations, director of the temporary professed sisters, sub-prioress, monastery coordinator, and infirmary administrator for the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand. Currently Sister Eileen serves as the Coordinator of Pastoral Care for Hildegard Health Center at the monastery.

Sister Jane, from Evansville, taught at Saint Meinrad College and was director of counseling services at Saint Meinrad School of Theology. She served as clinical psychologist at North American College in Rome, Italy; Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland; the Center for Psychological Services in Jasper; and at Saint Luke Center in Louisville. With the Sisters of St. Benedict, Sister Jane was director of postulants and novices and assisted in the retreat ministry. She currently serves as sub-prioress.

Sister Agnes, from St. Philip in Posey County, served as an elementary teacher at Holy Redeemer and St. Joseph schools in Evansville, Pine Ridge in Birdseye, Mount Vernon, Rockport, and Schnellville, where she also taught religious education. She has been a CNA and director of activities in the monastery’s Hildegard Health Center and is currently a CNA in the sisters’ Community Health Office.

Sister Donna Marie, from Chandler, Indiana, was a religion and social studies teacher at Mater Dei High School in Evansville and an administrative assistant in the retreat ministry at Kordes Center in Ferdinand. For the past seven years she has served, and continues to serve, as manager of the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry and Office of Emergency Assistance in Evansville.

Founded in 1867, the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand currently number 150 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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