July 2022
Issue #23
Reflections from the Hill
Occasional Outreach from the Benedictine Sisters
A Prayerful Summer
"From the rising of the sun to its setting let the name of the LORD be praised." Psalms 113:3
On behalf of the Boerne Benedictines, we are saddened by the current death toll of 53 migrants who died the horrific death by heat and who were found in an abandoned un-airconditioned tractor-trailer on the south side of San Antonio, TX on June 27, 2022.

We are grateful for the lives that were saved by the action of the people who heard their cries for help and for the action of the First Responders. We pray for the eternal rest for those who died, for consolation for their families back home and for healing for those still in hospitals.

I can only imagine that what these migrants were trying to find was a better life by seeking work to sustain them and their families. Instead, they were victims of those who are unscrupulous and who take advantage of the poor.

Let us join in prayer for those who died and for those who survived this ordeal. Let us also contact those we have elected to represent us in Washington to enact just immigration policies.
Sr. Bernadine Reyes, OSB
Safety and Generosity in Boerne
Pictured are (L-R) Collin Rogers, Fire Inspector, Sister Bernadine Reyes, OSB, Sister Sylvia Ahr, OSB, and Steve Simon, Fire Inspector.
The Benedictine Sisters of Boerne are recipients of a welcomed donation of 80 Kidde smoke detectors from the Boerne Fire Marshal’s Office. The detectors, donated by a generous community partner, will be used in the many buildings on the Benedictine grounds as well as in St. Scholastica Monastery.

“We are so very grateful to the Fire Marshal’s Office and to the donor of these smoke detectors,” said Sister Bernadine Reyes, OSB, Prioress. “Our buildings can accommodate many guests and
the monastery is home to the Sisters. Replacing our smoke detectors with these new ones will give us all peace of mind.”

The Fire Marshal’s Office, a division of the Boerne Fire Department, is also in partnership with the American Red Cross to offer smoke detectors and installation to those in the community in need. Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office for more information (830) 249-3644.
Good Summer Reading
Our Benedictine Voice summer newsletter was mailed out
in June.

Have you received your copy?
If not, please let us know by calling the office at
(830) 816-8504.

The newsletter can also be found on our website:
Federation of St. Scholastica's Centennial Chapter in Atchison, KS
Sister Bernadine Reyes, OSB and Sister Ursula Herrera, OSB traveled to Atchison, KS, to attend the Federation of St. Scholastica's 100th anniversary Chapter in June, as other Sisters participated virtually.

Among the highlights of the meetings were the renaming of the Federation to The Monastic Congregation of Saint Scholastica and the election of the Monastic Council: Above (l-r) Sr. Ann Wambach, OSB from Erie, PA, Sr. Elaine Fischer, OSB (first councilor) from Atchison, KS, Sr. Lynn McKenzie, OSB (re-elected president) from Cullman, AL, Sr. Kimberly Porter, OSB from Covington, KY, Sr. Susan Quaintance,OSB from Chicago IL, and Sr. Maricarmen Bracamontes, OSB from Torreón, Mexico.
Chapter Provides Time to Reunite with Friends
Photo left: While at the Chapter, Sisters Bernadine and Ursula (2nd and 3rd from left) enjoy visiting with their friends, the Benedictine Sisters from Torreón, Mexico.
Colloquium in Atchison, KS
Immediately following the Chapter, several of our Sisters and Oblates participated virtually in the Federation's Colloquium.
Benedictine Oblate Information
Oblate Initial Formation and Ongoing Formation will continue in the Fall. Our Oblate Leadership Team is meeting this summer to finalize next year's programs.

We'll be sharing more information in our August edition of "Reflections from the Hill" eNewsletter.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Benedictine Oblate, please click here for more information or email us by clicking here.
Don't Forget the 3 Rs
This Summer
Summer.... a time to slow down,
Relax, Refresh, Renew...

Our Sisters and co-ministers are taking time throughout the summer months to do just that.

We hope and pray that you, too, will find quality time for yourself, with your family, and with friends.

May you be filled with God's peace.
What's your fondest memory of summer? How will you make time for the 3 Rs this summer?
We are called to seek God in community and to respond in ministry through sharing our spirituality and addressing the needs of the people we serve, especially the poor.