Entries by Amanda Hackett

Interfaith Experience

“Take some quiet time.” These were the words of oblate friend, Bob Lesniewski, in an email invitation to an interfaith experience. I wondered what an interfaith prayer service would be like in Minnesota and Wisconsin? Did interfaith mean different denominations? Different religions? I was curious. On Wednesday, January 12, I did answer the invitation on […]

“Now That’s a Real Gift!”

On Thursday, I received a notice informing me that I had received a package—a big box! Of course, I was both surprised and pleased. I was not expecting anything. When I picked it up, the box was light and from my niece who lives in Indy! I knew that she was worried about me because […]

Remember Magazine | Winter 2022

The winter 2022 issue of Remember magazine is available to read online. In this issue, we celebrate the lives of our sisters who died between November 1, 2020, and October 31, 2021. Remember is published annually by the Office of Mission Advancement and commemorates the sisters’ life, work and hope for eternal life with our Lord, […]

Putting Our Trust in God

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will trust in the name of the Lord our God.” (Psalm 20:7) The other day I was listening to a news interview on television of someone who had lost a substantial amount in a financial scheme. She was justifiably upset as she told the reporter, […]

The Daily Grind

My husband and I have a meeting place when the workday is done. It’s the kitchen. We plop atop the counter stools and share a few tidbits about our day. As of late, there’s been a shift I have to admit. It happens in the early moments of our conversations. Suddenly, there is this awful […]

Spirituality Center●Studium Offerings: March 2022

Join the Spirituality Center●Studium team for a variety of programs and retreats this March! Ambassadors of Christ: Ash Wednesday Retreat The second scripture reading at Eucharist on Ash Wednesday (2 Cor. 5:20) boldly proclaims that we, as community, have a message to communicate, a duty to listen, a longing to understand, and a tireless hope […]

Girls, God and Good Times (3G) Camp Registration Open

Registration is now open for Girls, God and Good Times (3G) camp for summer 2022! If you have any questions, please contact Sister Laura Suhr, 3G camp director, at 3gcamp@csbsju.edu. We are also seeking more counselors to join us this summer. Our 3G camp counselors are College of Saint Benedict students who volunteer their time to […]

Right Place, Right People, Right Time

Baptized by a Benedictine, in the Church of Saint Benedict, maybe it was only a matter of time before I would become an oblate. A very long time, but God’s good time. It was just three* years ago that Sister Laureen Virnig asked whether I’d considered becoming an oblate and then invited me to an […]

A Thousand Reasons for Living

I treasure the gift given me by my 95-year-old Lutheran pastor/friend “in appreciation of our friendship.” He loved Dom Helder Camara and bequeathed to me A Thousand Reasons for Living. Dom Helder, the beloved archbishop in the poorest diocese in Northeastern Brazil—and yet known throughout the world—listens and hears God, listens and converses with the […]