Berno (Agnes) Flint, OSB

Sister Berno (Agnes) Flint, OSB (101)

St. Joseph

April 3, 1910—July 8, 2011

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Berno Flint, who died on July 8, 2011 at Saint Scholastica Convent. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Tuesday, July 12, from 1-6 p.m. or for a Prayer Vigil at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the funeral on Wednesday, July 13, at 4 p.m

S. Berno was born to Bernard and Elizabeth (Braegelmann) Flint in Roscoe, Minn., on April 3, 1910, the fourth of seven children. After finishing grade school in Roscoe, she attended Saint Benedict’s Academy for one year, then returned home to help with the family dairy farm. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery on August 30, 1930, made her first monastic profession on July 11, 1934, her perpetual profession on July 11, 1937, participated in the rite of consecration of virgins in July 1957, and celebrated her golden jubilee in 1984, her 60th anniversary in 1994, and 75th anniversary in 2009.

To prepare for a ministry in health care, S. Berno became licensed as a registered nurse at St. Alexius Hospital School of Nursing in Bismarck, N.D.; she attended the College of Saint Benedict, the University of Minnesota, and in1940 graduated magna cum laude from St. Louis University with a BS degree in nursing education and a minor in public health nursing.

S. Berno’s outstanding 37-year ministry in health care began in 1940; she worked as instructor or administrator in nursing programs at the St. Cloud Hospital School of Nursing and at Saint Benedict’s Hospital in Ogden, Utah. She was a governor appointee to the Utah State Board of Nurse Examiners for six years. At times, she returned to join the St. Cloud Hospital nursing staff. Her professional expertise was invaluable in preparations for opening St. Benedict’s Center (now St. Benedict’s Senior Community); for nine years she served as its director of staff development and, though in retirement, as assistant coordinator for Benedict Village. She wrote the history of the first 10 years of St. Benedict’s Senior Community, 1978-1988: Reflections—A Dream and a Promise. In 1981 the St. Cloud Jaycees honored her as Outstanding Senior Citizen.

In 1988 she went on to a less active life at Saint Benedict’s Monastery; here she assisted in the Whitby Gift Shop, adding her beautiful tatting needlework to its wares; she also volunteered her services at the Guest House. She retired to Saint Scholastica Convent in 2001.

S. Berno is survived by members of her Benedictine community, many nieces, nephews and friends. Two brothers, (Bernard and Alphonse), and four sisters (Anna Mackedanz, Clara Pung, Cecelia Haehn and Verena Mackedanz) preceded her in death.

Please direct memorial gifts to Saint Benedict’s Monastery for the care of our elderly Sisters.