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Year of Consecrated Life ~ Sister Bonita

Greetings,

As we continue in this Year of Consecrated Life, we will be hearing from our sisters.  They’ve been invited to share about our Benedictine life.  This reflection shares Sister Bonita’s call Benedictine life and how she lives the call through her ministry in teaching technology…

“My goal in life has always been to be fully human and fully alive”—these words of Sister Bonita describe the busy, active, and energetic life of this Benedictine sister and professor of mathematics and computer science.

A study session with Sister Bonita at Mount Marty College.

As a Benedictine and a teacher, S. Bonita feels she has a special opportunity to model Catholic, Benedictine values in the classroom and to mentor future leaders of society. As an educator, “I have the opportunity to help students realize their potential, their giftedness and broaden their vision for themselves and expand their views of the world.”

Bonita was 36 when she entered the Monastery. She owned her own home, was active in her parish and well established professionally. Knowing the challenges a professional woman faces in deciding to choose monastic life; after graduating from Southern CO State College, Pueblo, she worked for 14 years in Scientific Computing doing software design, development and consulting at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  She continues to feel a special call to work with other professional women discerning a call to religious life. “I came to Sacred Heart Monastery,” she says, “because I felt a call to religious life. I continue to believe it is as a Benedictine that I have the opportunity to realize my full potential as a human being.”

Sister Bonita with some of her students in East Africa

Sister Bonita with some of her students in East Africa.

Since entering the Monastery in 1984 she has earned master’s degrees in mathematics and computer science, an Education Specialist Degree in Computing Technology in Education, and a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education. She has been on the faculty of Mount Marty College since 1989.   Sr. Bonita has also had the opportunity to serve in East Africa three times (2009, 2010, and 2013). Her two recent African adventures were sponsored by the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative, a special project of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC).

ASEC’s mission is to facilitate educational opportunities for women religious in Africa.  She has taught classes in technology and web design.  Of her African experiences, she comments, “I believe that those who have been trained and educated by ASEC are the future of their congregations, their apostolates, the Church, and their countries. Technology skills enhance and enrich the gifts of any leader. My African experiences have touched my spirit and have given me a love for the sisters of East Africa and a passion for this ministry.”

 

Blessings to you,

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