Colleen (Joanne) Haggerty, OSB
Saint Benedict’s Monastery
St. Joseph, Minn.
May 29, 1932 – January 11, 2024
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn., for Sister Colleen (Joanne) Haggerty, who died on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, Minn. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Benson Funeral Home. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, for a 3 p.m. Prayer Service followed by visitation until 4:15 p.m. or for a Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation continues at 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral on Wednesday, January 17.
Joanne Haggerty was born May 29, 1932, to William and Olive (Okeson) Haggerty in St. Paul, Minn. She attended grade school in Hillman, Minn., and St. Anthony’s School in Watkins, Minn., and high school at Kimball High School in Kimball, Minn., and St. Boniface High School in Cold Spring, Minn. Joanne entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery on September 12, 1951, was received into the novitiate as S. Colleen on June 18, 1952, made first profession on July 11, 1953, and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1956.
S. Colleen received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics with a minor in philosophy at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph and completed a one-year dietetic internship of graduate study at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She also studied at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, and Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.
At the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, S. Colleen served as therapeutic and teaching dietitian and as director of the dietary department. She was also the director of the hospital’s General Services Division and construction manager during the first major expansion project in the early 1970s. In 1975, S. Colleen served as food service director at Saint Benedict’s Monastery for one year, returning to the hospital as assistant administrator in community relations and development. After this, she moved to Saint Benedict’s Monastery and served as second vice president of the Community Corporation, coordinator of the physical plant, and director of building renovation projects. In 1991, S. Colleen was elected president of the Federation of Saint Benedict and served two terms, a total of 12 years. Upon completion of her second term, she served as gift planning specialist for the monastery’s development and communications department.
S. Colleen was heavily involved in community organizations and offered her skills in many ways: as president of the Board of Trustees of St. Benedict’s Hospital in Ogden, Utah; as member of the design committee for Saint John’s Abbey and University; as member of the Monastic Council; as member of the College of Saint Benedict’s Board of Trustees; as member in Zonta International and as president of the Zonta Club of the St. Cloud area; and as board member of Quiet Oaks Hospice House as it was being planned and built. She was named Volunteer of the Month at the St. Cloud Hospital in October 2016 and volunteered there until 2019.
S. Colleen is survived by her Benedictine community and her two brothers, William and James (Donna), as well as nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister and brother-in-law, Eileen (Richard) Fleischhacker.
S. Colleen’s lively spirit and talented service have blessed her Benedictine community and countless other people near and far. We rejoice with her in her new vision of the God who called her home.
Please direct memorials to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict Outreach Ministries.