Sister Rita Claire Judge
Highlighting the varied ministries of Sisters at Mount St. Scholastica.
Shortly after I came home to the Mount in August 2013, I was asked to serve as the procurator or cellarer of the monastery, which involves keeping the storeroom and cupboards in order and filled with the necessary supplies, so they are readily available when the Sisters need them.
I also supply personal care items for the Sisters, such as shampoo and soap.
Among my other ministries, I drive sisters to appointments, take them shopping or to places like the local library to pick up books. I handle recycling, taking packing materials to be reused and delivering unused items to local second-hand shops.
Another aspect of my ministry is assisting in making sure the monastery cars are properly serviced or repaired, as needed.
As part of my ministry of presence, I am a companion to the Sisters living in Dooley Center.
For me, the example of the Sisters who taught me in grade and high school inspires my ministry as a Benedictine. Their life of prayer and community living was very much a part of their being and is now part of mine. The balance of prayer and lectio with ministry and leisure anchors the joy that I share with others and is shared with me on a daily basis.
Sister Sharon Hamsa
Before returning to Mount St. Scholastica in 2022, I ministered for many years as a teacher, first in Corning, Kansas, then at Mount St. Scholastica Academy. Finding my niche at the college level, I taught math for more than twenty years each at Longview Community College in Missouri, and Donnelly College, Kansas City, Kansas.
During my last five years at Donnelly, I added another ministry, setting up and coordinating the Campus Cupboard, where Donnelly students can get food, hygiene items, and school supplies for free.
Currently, I serve at Sophia Spirituality Center, preparing food for the different retreat groups who come to enjoy the silence and opportunities for spiritual growth.
While I’ve been making and decorating cakes for many years, I have my own space in the monastery for that ministry, which allows me to bring joy to the community and others with each unique creation.
I entered the Benedictines primarily for the communal and prayer life, and the care we have for one another. When I entered, I knew we were a teaching order and, fortunately for me, teaching was something that I liked. As the years passed, the community supported me in discovering other talents, including liturgical dance.
For me, liturgical dance was a different form of prayer and a connection with God. It allowed me to share not only with my community, but with other parishes and those of other faith traditions. I wouldn’t have had this experience if I wasn’t part of this community.