On September 8, 2021, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Benedictines of Mount St. Scholastica gathered in Dooley Center’s St. Lucy Chapel to celebrate the 75th Jubilee of Sisters Mary Kathryn Taylor, Celinda Medina, Marie Louise Krenner and Seraphine Tucker.
Father Meinrad Miller, OSB, presided, with Sister Marie Louise serving as lector, Sister Diana Seago serving as cantor, and Sister Esther Fangman, prioress, giving the homily.
The jubilarians renewed their vows of obedience, fidelity to the monastic way of life and stability, with a reception featuring ice cream and cake held later in the afternoon.
Sister Mary Kathryn Taylor was taught by the Atchison sisters at Lillis High School in Kansas City, Missouri. After entering the monastery, she spent more than 30 years of her religious life teaching high school English. As a reading specialist, she was able to face the challenges of urban Kansas City, Kansas, students in her later years of teaching. Before returning to Atchison, she spent some years assisting in a care facility for the elderly where her friendliness and hospitality welcomed and cheered many people.
Sister Seraphine Tucker only came a few blocks to enter the monastery from her home in Atchison. Her love of science led her to some years of teaching high school and furthering her education through a series of grants for summer study. In the early 1970s, she was asked to be the maintenance supervisor for the community. In an era when few men in the building trades had to answer to a female boss, she won the respect of the workmen, the boys who helped during summers and weekends, and the contractors with whom she could happily discuss major projects in construction and engineering.
Sister Celinda Medina came from a little town in the highlands of southern Colorado where the Atchison sisters had missions. For more than 40 years, she was devoted to lovingly teaching little children in the primary grades, more than two decades of which were spent in Kansas City, Kansas. When she stopped working full-time in the classroom, she set up the Read-on Center at the Mount where she could use her skills as a reading specialist to tutor students of all ages.
Sister Marie Louise Krenner, from Kansas City, is described as creative. As a primary teacher, she used her love of word and art to enrich and entertain her students. She even wrote and illustrated two books for children on the lives of Sts. Benedict and Scholastica: The Twin Who Ran Away and The Twin Who Tagged Along. She left teaching to become the Mount’s archivist and has continued her creative pursuits as the maker of whimsical cloth nativity sets.