October 2021
Issue #14
Reflections from the Hill
Occasional Outreach from the Benedictine Sisters
Autumn has Arrived
"Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9
Sister Germaine Marie Sutton, OSB
November 9, 1941 - September 20, 2021

Our Sister has gone on to her eternal reward. We truly appreciate your continued prayers for Sister Germaine's family and all of the Sisters.

2021 Annual Giving Campaign
The Sisters’ 2021 Annual Giving Campaign is underway. Your support means so much! Thank you to all who have donated to the Sisters so far, to help us to "keep on keeping on."
To make a secure, tax-deductible gift online, please click the link below.
Season of Creation continues through October 4, 2021.

We are sharing "A Prayer to the Creator" from Pope Francis' encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.
The Sisters recently had a fence installed behind the Monastery chapel to protect the garden from our many local animal friends.

Ministry Updates
St. Scholastica Monastery remains closed to the public at this time.
Come take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and our spacious sacred grounds for some time away with our Lord.

We have our day retreat space, Bethany, open for reservations. And there are also private retreat spaces now open. Rates are $50 per night, per person, and reservations are available for individuals or married couples.  

For inquiries, please email 
All proceeds benefit our Boerne Ministries. We're grateful to our shoppers and to all those who donate! We have many beautiful things for every room in the house. And there are clothing and miscellaneous items for infants, children, and adults. There's always a sale going on at Sisters' Attic!
You're invited to visit our Sisters' Attic Facebook Page, too.
We are excited to announce that our Health and Wholeness Center is opening up 50 new spots in the Water Aerobics program!

Our program allows Seniors (age 50+) to use the healing power of water activities through peer-led Aerobics classes, as well as lap swimming.
There is a one-time $50.00 registration fee and $45.00 per month dues to help cover pool maintenance.

If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please contact Annie Walther, Manager of our Health and Wholeness Center. (830) 816-8470 or hwcliving@gmail.com
Our hidden hero, Sr. Ursula Herrera, OSB, Director of our Caridad de Corazón ministry in Eagle Pass, TX, shared, "I went with a group from the Getsemini orphanage to feed the immigrants on the border. On the Mexico side folks are providing food and other necessary items."
You can click here or on the image above to read the latest BCRI Newsletter. It includes lots of important information, including an article by Nina Martinez, Administrative Assistant with our Corporate Responsibility program, who works with Sr. Susan Mika, OSB. Nina was hired to work at an intake facility for teenage boys (over 2000 unaccompanied children) in San Antonio earlier this year.
Our next Benedictine Oblate Zoom Meeting will be held October 3, from 1-2 pm.

Oblates will be receiving a Zoom Meeting invitation soon from Emilie Rogers.

Sister Bernadine Reyes, OSB, will be presenting a talk on Liturgy of the Hours.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Benedictine Oblate, please click here for more information or call (830) 816.8504.
Sisters Antoinette Van Galen, OSB and Michael Brandt, OSB wish to thank our past Oblate Leadership Team members for their years of service:
  • Anne Brunet
  • Oscar and Kathy Hannig
  • Bill Howden and Jan Davis
  • Robert Johnson
  • Peggy Raley
  • Emilie Rogers (Team Leader)

The Sisters welcome Nan Neff to this year's Team, and returning members, Bill, Jan, and Emilie.
All Saints Day (November 1)
All Souls Day (November 2)

Keep your eyes on your mailbox for more information about this annual offering of prayers and remembrance by the Sisters.
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.