Sister Mary Margaret Kean

It is not so easy to say where I am from. Before coming to the monastery after high school, I was born and baptized in Omaha, Nebraska, lived and made my first communion in Burlington, Colorado,  and lived and was confirmed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I had also lived for a time in Salem, Oregon; Concordia, Kansas; and Amarillo, Texas.

Perhaps this is why I was attracted to a life of stability, but could also adapt to 35 years of involvement in Catholic elementary education in  a variety of settings in Colorado, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. I was a primary teacher, elementary school principal and, for six years, was the education consultant for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. This was followed by experience in higher education at Benedictine College as the assistant registrar.

I am now in my twentieth year as the office manager for Mount St. Scholastica’s development office. In addition to the daily tasks of taking care of donations, I am the one who makes the wheels turn smoothly for the enormous undertaking of the annual Night of Dreams benefit dinner and auction. 

I also have a sister in the community, Sister Chris Kean, who is the youngest in our family and followed me many years later.

In my free time, I enjoy reading and listening to audio books.

 I was drawn to the Benedictine way of life not only by the vow of stability, but also by the simplicity of our life. Our life of prayer, including the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist, has enriched my life.