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Sister Laeticia Kilzer on Gratitude

May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her ~ Sr. Laeticia

Reflection by Sister Marielle Frigge

Sister Laeticia Kilzer


Sister Laeticia Kilzer

Sister Laeticia Kilzer

At 95, I will celebrate my 75th Jubilee this year. I must say that these have been wonderful years of Benedictine life. My family was introduced to Benedictine men and women at an early age, and they were clearly a positive influence, as a brother and my sister, Sr. Philomene, and I all entered Benedictine communities. Catholic faith and practice, family, and education were important values in our family, and all of those things helped draw me to Benedictine life.

I am so very grateful for so many wonderful opportunities and experiences in my 75 years of monastic life. The support of close community ties, shared prayer and life and fun times together, an excellent education, and the opportunity to serve many students as a teacher for decades all made mine a very good life. There were some hard things in my monastic life too, but everyone has hard things, and none of them killed me; I learned and grew through all of them. Now that I am not able to do many of the things I once did, everyone is still very kind to me. I have kind and loving care from the sisters and the people who work in our care center, and I am so grateful for it all and for everyone in my life.


Sister Laeticia Kilzer



Benedictine Sisters
Sacred Heart Monastery
1005 W. 8th St.
Yankton, SD 57078

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