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Year of Consecrated Life ~ Sister Aidan


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.  Sister Aidan wrote about her call to the consecrated life…

Sister Aidan Yankton Benedictines Sacred Heart MonasteryMy decision to join Sacred Heart Monastery wasn’t a difficult one for me.  The Benedictines were my teachers throughout grade and high school.  My father’s sister was an Ursuline Sister and my mother’s brother was a Sacred Heart Brother, so religious life was not foreign to me.  I remember when I was in high school praying the Prayer of St. Francis. The part “make me an instrument of Your peace”  was very important to me.  I think joining a religious community was in the back of my mind but never really voiced to anyone, including myself.

After graduation, I attended Mount Marty College in Yankton, staffed by our Benedictine Sisters.  It was there that I was introduced to several hours of the Office (communal times of praying the Psalms).  We students, all girls at that time, said Prime and Compline each day, except on the weekends when many of the students went home.  I found their liturgy of the Mass very inspiring and I think that is what triggered a desire in me.  Several of the Sisters became my good friends, and I realize that they too were a great influence on me.

We sisters have studied the Rule of Benedict over the years and have had many spiritual conferences to help us to understand it and apply it to our lives.  I love the Prologue to the Rule which beings with the word “Listen.”  A simple short word but it takes great attention and love to give it life.

I have been happy and content with this Benedictine way.  I’ve been blessed and I’m grateful to God for all the blessings I have received in this life.

Blessings to you,

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