Sister Kathleen Flanagan
Since the fall of 2014, I have worked at the Benedictine College library. I started solely in circulation, being at the front desk, greeting the students as they came in, managing both student and faculty/staff overdue materials and trying to clean up the patron database. I am now a reference librarian and instructor. I teach Information Literacy, a one-hour for credit class, each quarter. Every third semester, I teach Young Adult Literature to secondary English majors.
I am also the monastery librarian. Fortunately, Sister Deborah Peters takes care of much of the day-to-day work: cataloging books, creating displays, and making the library a welcoming environment. She has others who help her labeling books and re-shelving. It takes a village! I rely on all the sisters to suggest materials for our library.
As time allows, I work the reception desk in Dooley Center, usually on the weekends. When I worked from home at the monastery, I was able to cover some week day hours as needed, because I could do my library work while answering the phone.
When I first started at the BC library, my co-workers dubbed me the “Walmart greeter of the library” because I greet the students as they come into the library. Hospitality is essential to the life of a Benedictine, I felt welcoming students and others was important. We are co-sponsors of Benedictine College; I am grateful to be able to share in this sponsored ministry.
I may be one of the few sisters students see and get to know. I represent Mount St. Scholastica here at the college. I am grateful to be a part of the home community. I enjoyed my time living on mission and working away from the monastery, but there is something very satisfying about being at home. Interacting daily with the larger community is a real blessing. Over the years, I have very much enjoyed time spent with our monastery elders. Yes, I could be an academic librarian as a lay person, but my days are enriched through the common heritage shared by all of us at the Mount.
Sister Mary Agnes Patterson
My current ministry is Director of Development for Mount St. Scholastica and our ministries.
This ministry is a blessing to me because I am able to meet and visit on the phone with our family members, donors and benefactors. In my relationship with them, I am able to extend our ministry of prayer for them, their families and their concerns. I am able to help them put their faith in action through their practice of almsgiving. God has blessed all of us abundantly and called us to share generously with others and to care for the least among us.
My work as Director of Development is not a job but a ministry of caring for our community and for all those we reach in our services. Our Catholic and Christian faith calls us to love of neighbor and to do unto others as we would have them do to us. I was asked to come home and be the Director of Development in 2005. It was hard for me to leave my ministry of education and to adjust to not being out there serving the people directly. Now my service is to raise the funds needed to help our community reach out in direct service to as many people as we can serve.
I am not able to go out and serve people directly right now, but I can raise money so the community can reach out with direct assistance and services at our ministries at Keeler Women’s Center in Kansas City, Kansas. I am also not in a position now to help others grow closer to God, but I can raise money to continue our retreat and spirituality ministries at Sophia Spirituality Center. I am not able to care of our elderly and infirmed sisters and family members, but I can raise money for the equipment they need to provide the healing services and loving care our staff and sisters gives them in Dooley Center.
My life as a Benedictine is a life of prayer and service. I feel I am so blessed, and I want to share these blessings with others. I pray daily for all our relatives, friends and benefactors. I hope my prayer and my life are lived in a spirit of service to others and to God.
In the photo, the Mount St. Scholastica Development staff – Sisters Bernelda Nanneman, Mary Margaret Kean, Barbara Smith and Mary Agnes Patterson – admire a handmade farm set made by Sister Eleanor Suther for the Night of Dreams auction.