2019 Mother Benedicta Riepp Award Recipient: Sheila Nelson
We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2019 Mother Benedicta Riepp Award is Sheila Nelson!
This award, named after our foundress, is awarded annually to a woman who exemplifies Benedictine and Gospel values in her daily life, and Sheila Nelson has done just this. Her advising, encouraging and mentoring College of Saint Benedict (CSB) women promotes the Benedictine mission of the college to transform and empower young women to live lives of integrity. Her work to develop gender studies within the curriculum for CSB/SJU was ground breaking. Her significant work locally and nationally for the GLBT communities within the context of Catholic social teaching demonstrates openness in dialogue with others and a passion for the marginalized. She has worked both at the college level as well as with parishes, the diocese and broader community in educating and advocating for openness in mind and heart.
Issues of faith, acceptance and understanding has been the bedrock of her publications, workshops, mentoring and personal life. In the nomination letter, Sheila Hellermann wrote: “I personally believe that had M. Benedicta Riepp and Sheila Nelson had an opportunity to meet, I have no doubt their inevitable collaboration would have inspired, been admired, and shook heads, with their bold willingness to respond. Neither are observers, nor content to sit on a bench. They are both innovators, needed voices for the underserved and marginalized, and truly God’s hands and feet in the world.”
Presentation of the Award
The 13th annual Mother Benedicta Riepp Award will be presented at Gratitude Day on Sunday, August 11, 2019. The award honors a woman who has a relationship with the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict and whose life exemplifies Benedictine and Gospel values. Her personal story is shared as a testimonial to the possibility of incorporating these values into daily life and service.
Nomination Procedures and Guidelines
The primary qualification for receiving this award is the integration of Benedictine and Gospel values in the nominee’s personal and/or public life. You will have to provide a narrative about your nominee and provide specific examples of ways in which the nominee’s life exemplifies some of those core values and characteristics (or all, if appropriate). You may ask others to support your nomination and you may nominate more than one person. However, you must make a case for each individual nominated. The nominees are not informed of your submission.
- Provide the nominee’s name, home address, email address and phone number (as possible).
- Cite significant contributions, reflective of Benedictine and Gospel values, having a positive impact on others.
- Include personal aspirations of the nominee, leadership efforts, work/service, whether professional or volunteer, specific projects or initiatives, specific contributions to individuals, community or the larger society.
- Describe the nominee’s relationship with the Sisters of Saint Benedict.
Nominations are due Friday, June 7, 2019.
Send nominations to:
Patricia Ruether, OSB
104 Chapel Lane
St. Joseph, MN 56374
For more information, contact Sister Patricia Ruether at (320) 363-7053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.