Sister Jodi Hart makes first profession
New sister is a native Kansan
Sister Jodi Hart made her first monastic profession during evening praise on Sunday, Dec. 13.
During the service, she expressed her commitment to the Mount St. Scholastica community, and the community expressed its commitment to her. She made her profession and signed the document at the altar, and was presented with a medal of St. Benedict that she will wear as a sign of her profession.
The rite makes her a professed member of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, and allows her to use the title “Sister.” It begins the three- to six-year scholastic phase of formation, which is the last phase before final vows. During this period, Sister Jodi will work with Sister Maria Heppler, who will serve as scholastic director, to discern if Sister Jodi is being called to a lifetime commitment to the monastic life.
A native Topekan, Sister Jodi attended Seaman schools and graduated from Seaman High School in 1992. She attended Kansas State University and Washburn University, earning a bachelor of science in legal studies. She worked various places in Topeka, including the Kansas Press Association and Aviva, an American Life Insurance Agency.
Sister Jodi joined the RCIA program at Mater Dei parish in Topeka in 2007, and during this time began to discern a vocation to religious life.
She entered the community of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in August 2012, becoming a novice on July 2013, and completing her canonical novitiate in July 2014.
She worked as a para teacher at Visitation Catholic School in Kansas City, Mo., during the 2014-2015 school year. She currently works in the Office of Academic Records and Registration at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan.
- Sister Jodi Hart greets Sister Mary Ethel Burley.
- Sister Jodi Hart greets Sister Mary Rardin.
- Sister Jodi Hart greets Sister Mary Agnes Patterson after the service.
- Sister Maria Heppler reads during Evening Prayer on Dec. 13.
- Sister Anne Shepard, prioress, offers a reflection during Evening Prayer Dec. 13.
- Sister Marcia Ziska, right, presents Novice Jodi Hart to the community.
- Sister Jodi Hart and Sister Anne Shepard, prioress, during a dialogue expressing commitment to community and sister.
- Sister Jodi Hart receives her Benedictine medal from scholastic director Sister Maria Heppler.
- Sisters raise their hands to bless Sister Jodi Hart following her first profession.