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In Memoriam: Sister Mary Joanne Lusk, OSB

March 2021
Sister Mary Joanne Lusk was born on August 15, 1933, to Joseph and Ann (Bilek) in New Prague, Minnesota, the eldest daughter in a family of two children. Her younger brother, John, died shortly after birth. She was baptized and confirmed at Holy Redeemer parish in Montgomery, MN. In 1951, she entered the scholasticate at St. Paul’s Priory. She entered the novitiate on June 16, 1952, and made her First Profession of Vows on December 19, 1953. She was given the name Gertrude and later returned to the name of Mary Joanne (in honor of her father Joseph and her mother Ann). She attended the College of St. Catherine, earning a BA degree in Elementary Education and Sociology in 1961.
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March 2021 E-Newsletter

March 2021
The Rule of St. Benedict makes reference to the observance of Lent in Chapter 49. This chapter begins instructing the monastic that our life is to be a continuous Lent throughout the year. St. Benedict expects the monastic to curtail from too much food, idle talk (oops, I am in trouble here), and any other distraction that would be on the peripheral of preparing for the Holy Season of Easter. St. Benedict also expects joy during Lent, the joy of devoting more time for private prayer and doing charity work that can help us prepare for the coming Easter joy.
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February 2021 E-Newsletter

February 2021
As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of St. Scholastica on Feb 10, I recall how St. Scholastica prayed with tears when she offered her prayer to God – asking God to do something, ANYTHING to allow her to spend more time with her brother Benedict, knowing that it might be the last time she would see him. The need for prayer at this time in history is so great: for relief from the pandemic, for peace in our country and the world, and for all who are hungry and homeless. At the Monastery, we hold you, our friends in our daily prayers. We also appreciate your prayers for us!
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