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2021 Catholic Sisters Week

OSB Communicators launch video promoting Benedictine life and values-

Under the leadership of Siobhan O'Neill Meluso, Communications Coordinator for the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, a group of communicators from Benedictine women's monasteries have produced a video, Benedictine Values Modern Monasticism, that illustrates 10 Benedictine values with photographs provided by 21 monasteries. "I first proposed the idea of collaborating on a visual highlighting Benedictine life because I feel that we have much to offer our world. What better way to share our story," explained Mary Anne Oehler, Communications Director for the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, Texas. Although Siobhan has been convening the group of communications personnel for a little over a year, this is the first joint project. Judith Sutera, OSB, a Benedictine scholar and historian from Mt. St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS, was instrumental in preparing the script once the group determined the values they would highlight. The technical expertise of Amanda Hackett Communications Coordinator, Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict (St. Joseph, MN), and Susan Damon, Development Associate, Benedictine Sisters of Boerne, TX, took the submitted photos, added Sister Judith's narration and an instrumental track of the handbell choir of the Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN arranged by Christine Manderfeld, OSB © 1997 and created the final product. Other committee members were Jan Gull, and Linda Romey, OSB.

The premiere of the video took place during Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14. It is also available on the websites of many Benedictine women's communities. You can view it on YouTube here: AND AND below.

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