Thursday, May 20, 2010

Monastic Lexicon #15

The Federation

When you hear the term, The Federation, it is in reference to the Federation of St. Scholastica, of which our monastery is a member. The present independent monasteries of our Federation are located in the cities listed below.

There are about 850 sisters in these 21 communities. Every four years delegates from the communities meet together to consider Federation business and concerns. This year the delegates will meet in Kansas in mid-June and, among other things, elect a new Federation president who will serve for four years. One of her primary ministries is to be present for the election/re-election of a prioress in every house.

There are two other Federations of Benedictine women in the US, one congregation, and numerous independent or dependent monasteries generally founded from a European abbey in the last 50 years or so.

Atchison, Kansas (near Kansas City)
Boerne, Texas (near San Antonio)
Bristow, Virginia (near Washington)
Chicago, Illinois
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Covington, Kentucky (near Cincinnati)
Cullman, Alabama (near Birmingham)
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Erie, Pennsylvania
Glendora, California (near Los Angeles)
Liberty, Missouri (near Kansas City)
Lisle, Illinois (near Chicago)
Lutherville, Maryland (near Baltimore)
Mexico City, Mexico
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ridgely, Maryland (east of Baltimore)
St. Leo, Florida (near Tampa)
St. Marys, Pennsylvania (SE of Erie)
Torreon, Mexico
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Warren, Ohio (near Akron)

PS. An extra--just for fun: If you're a nature lover you'll love this story from our local newspaper on a family of baby owls that had to be moved during some tree removal a few weeks ago. The first woman the tree removers called for help used to work with our sisters in an environmental education program. She knew just what to do!