Golden jubilarian Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger: Swimming in deep spiritual waters

Sister Mary Elizabeth SchweigerA Benedictine sister whose work has taken her into deep spiritual waters celebrated 50 years of monastic life in July 2015.

Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger grew up on a farm in Lenexa, attended Holy Trinity grade school and graduated from St. Joseph High School, now St. Thomas Aquinas High School. She entered Mount St. Scholastica in 1963.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mount St. Scholastica College and a pair of master’s degrees: one in theology from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and a second in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

She works at the Sophia Center, a ministry of Mount St. Scholastica, where she trains men and women to become spiritual directors through the Souljourners Ecumenical program. She also leads retreats and is a spiritual director.

“More than ever before, our world yearns for, hungers for, a deep spirituality,” said Sister Anne Shepard, prioress. “With training in both Jesuit and Benedictine spiritual traditions, Sister Mary Elizabeth works to bring parishioners, retreatants and those who come to her for spiritual direction to an appreciation of themselves and our loving God in profound ways.”

Sister Mary Elizabeth SchweigerSister Mary Elizabeth previously taught elementary school in Iowa and Kansas City, Kan., served as a pastoral associate and liturgist for parishes in Kansas and Missouri, and was subprioress and vocation director for Mount St. Scholastica.

“Living in community has been a gift and my sisters have taught me a lot about God, myself and others,” Sister Mary Elizabeth said. “My experiences in ministry have brought in contact with lots of people who have enriched my lif in so many ways.”