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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Catherine Schoenecker, OSB

July 2021
It’s 8:30 pm on a Tuesday evening at St. Paul’s Monastery. Sister Catherine Schoenecker is making her rounds of the common areas with her holy water. Similar to every other night at the Monastery, she “blesses the house,” including the offices, the meeting rooms, and all the other places people gather during the day. She loves her quiet little walks around the Monastery.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Karen Sames, OSB

June 2021
Resilient, humorous, and kind to all – these are just a few of the adjectives used to describe Sister Karen Sames, OSB. You may talk to Sister Karen when you call the Monastery; she spends most days as the receptionist for St. Paul’s Monastery. Before coming to Monastic life, Sister Karen cared for people in her nursing career, spending several decades as a nurse. In many ways, Sister Karen has been a caregiver most of her life, extending her kindness and generosity to those she meets.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Susan Bourauel, OSB

May 2021
As a child, Sister Susan Bourauel, OSB, was a bit of a superstar in her hometown of Bruno, Saskatchewan, Canada. She and her five sisters played multiple instruments and sang as part of a musical group, performing at family and church events. Sister Susan’s mother and father, Susan and Peter, were also fine musicians and singers. The family all lent their talents to many special occasions in Bruno.
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Sisters’ Words of Wisdom: Sister Sharon Schiller, OSB

April 2021
Sister Sharon Schiller, OSB, is a Minnesota-born girl from the small town of Miesville, just south of the Twin Cities. Her father and mother, Joseph and Odelia, were farmers, and she had three brothers and two sisters. From an early age, Sharon learned a work ethic worthy of a farm family, as she would help unload corn and hay, and work in the garden with her mother. Her favorite chore was baking, and today Sharon admits she still loves baking cookies.
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