On Sunday, June 18th, the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago, along with many Oblates, family and friends, gathered for the Installation of Prioress Sister Mary Susan Remsgar, OSB. (Second from the left). Gratitude abound as the new leadership is blessed and celebrated!
(Pictured above, left to right, the new administration of the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago: Corporate Secretary, Sister Kathleen Maloney, OSB, Prioress, Sister Mary Susan Remsgar, OSB, Subprioress, Sister Susan Quaintance, OSB, and Treasurer, Sister Judith Zonsius, OSB).
TO BE WORTHY OF THE TASK OF GOVERNING A MONASTERY,
THE PRIORESS MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER WHAT THE TITLE SIGNIFIES
AND ACT ACCORDINGLY. SHE IS BELIEVED TO HOLD THE
PLACE OF CHRIST IN THE MONASTERY.
This rite of public installation of the prioress of a monastic community is a celebration of the discernment process for leadership and of the transfer of authority within the monastic community. On June 18th, the prioress-elect accepted the responsibility of leadership. The community members pledged their support and obedience to their new prioress as well as their support and mutual obedience to one another. The monastery’s Oblates also pledged their support.
We are grateful for all who attended and continue to pray for the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago especially Sr. Joan McGlinchey, MSC. Vicar for Religious for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Thank you!
If you'd like to view the Installation ceremony, please click the link below: