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In Memoriam: Sister Joan Utecht, OSB

January 2021
Sister Joan (Evelyn) Utecht was born on October 28, 1934 to Alexander and Mathilda (Barten) in St. Nicholas, Minnesota, the fifth child in a family of seven, four girls and three boys. In 1957, she entered the scholasticate at St. Paul’s Priory and chose the name of her patron saint, St. Joan of Arc. She entered the novitiate on June 1, 1958 and made her first Profession of Vows on July 11, 1959. She attended the College of St. Catherine, earning a B.A. in Elementary Education in 1962 and a Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1972 from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master’s of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1989.
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In Memoriam: Sister Anne Boeckers, OSB

October 2020
Sister Anne (Dolores) Boeckers was born to Melchior (Michael) and Margaret (Eichoff) in New Munich, MN on September 21, 1929, the sixth in a family of seven, four girls and three boys. In 1944, Sister Anne entered the scholasticate at St. Benedict’s in St. Joseph, MN. As a novice in 1948, she chose to join the Sisters who were founding a new Priory in St. Paul, MN. She made her first Profession of Vows on July 11, 1949. She received a B.A. degree in Science and Elementary Education at St. Catherine’s College, St. Paul, MN. After several years of teaching, Sister Anne went on to acquire an M.S. in Elementary Administration at St. Cloud College. Sister Anne lived her calling to minister as a teacher at St. Bernard’s, St. Paul; Visitation, Minneapolis; St. Philip’s, Litchfield and at St. Anne’s, Minneapolis where she also later served as principal. She received many awards for her commitment to education.
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In Remembrance of Sister Duane Moes, OSB

July 2020
Sister Linda Soler, OSB, gave the eulogy at Sister Duane’s service. The following is the eulogy as written and spoken. The monastic community would like to offer our sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Sister Duane. We had the privilege of journeying with Sr. Duane because she touched the lives of so many people. A heartfelt thank you to our healthcare staff who cared for Sister Duane with unconditional love. With dignity and grace, she lived her monastic life fulfilling her Baptismal call by letting go to take the hand of God. In the Gospel, Jesus said I am the way and the truth, and the life. Sister Duane would embrace those words knowing someday Jesus would prepare a place for her. As in the Gospel, Sister Duane did believe, and allowed the works of Jesus, knowing life would not always be easy, yet the Gospel message was the fabric of her life when Jesus said “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God, have faith also in me.”
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In Memoriam: Sister Duane Moes, OSB

July 2020
Sister Duane (Patricia) Moes was born on December 27, 1921 and died peacefully on June 30, 2020 in the Monastery Healthcare Center at age 98, having lived her monastic profession 76 years. She was the last living charter member of our Community. Sister Duane was born to John Moes, a farmer and telephone company employee, and Margaret (Gergen) in New Trier, MN. She was second in a family of four children. She had three brothers — Bernard, John, and Nicholas. She received the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation at St. Mary’s Church in New Trier. In 1938 she entered the Scholasticate at St. Benedict’s in St. Joseph, MN. After attending high school at St. Benedict’s Academy, she graduated from the College of St. Catherine. She continued her studies at the College of St. Benedict, the College of St. Catherine, Moorhead State College and Ball State University.
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