Category Archives: Sisters’ Words of Wisdom

Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Linda Soler, OSB

September 2022
“Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has turned the seat belt sign on. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened.” This is how one should begin a conversation with Sister Linda Soler, OSB. She is pure energy, and what a blessing that all that energy is directed to living a life to glorify God.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Catherine Nehotte, OSB

August 2022
Wisdom, knowledge, a passion for her work and life as a sister, and a quick wit are a good summary of Sister Catherine, current Prioress of St. Paul’s Monastery. An example of her wit is when meeting on Zoom to plan for this article, and this writer’s microphone wasn’t working, Sister Catherine commented that this was some “real Benedictine silence!”
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Paula Hagen, OSB

June 2022
Sister Carol Rennie, OSB is originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota and came from a family of eight.  She Carol graduated from St. Joseph, High School in St. Cloud Minnesota and fondly remembers her siblings: Richard, John, Catherine, Mary Jane, and David.  Sister Carol was “lucky number five” and the youngest girl.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Mary Lou Dummer, OSB

May 2022
In the Benedictine contemplative tradition, we are called to learn to balance prayer and work, Ora et Labora, balancing our being and our doing. For those who lean toward “doer”, this balancing act can be a bit of a challenge. This was the case for Sister Mary Lou Dummer, OSB, at least until the Spirit invited her into a space of “being” as a result of the COVID pandemic and its impact on the community of St. Paul’s Monastery.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Louise Inhofer, OSB

April 2022
Sister Louise Inhofer has served as the Monastic Librarian of St. Paul’s Monastery since 2011. She brings her great love of learning and reading to others in her role as Library Manager, and orders new books each year to maintain a diverse and enriching library collection. She takes pride in arranging an interesting assortment of books based on seasonal liturgical themes for the Sisters and challenging them to read and appreciate new material. The Monastery library is tastefully decorated throughout the year for the holidays: angels and bells at Christmas and stars for the Fourth of July. Currently, the library shelves are adorned with glittery purple butterflies, harbingers of a long-awaited spring.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Mary White, OSB

February 2022
Sister Mary (Kathleen) White was born in Farmington, MN.  She grew up in Lakeville in a household with two sisters and three brothers. Her family has owned and operated White Funeral Homes for over 100 years, which continues to this day with five locations in the Twin Cities southern metro area. Mary attended boarding school at Our Lady of Good Counsel Academy in Mankato for ninth and tenth grades and returned to Lakeville for her junior and senior years in high school. 
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