Colleen Leathley, Postulant

Colleen Leathley, a former participant in the Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience program, began her postulancy on Monday evening, September 16, 2019. Colleen, a psychologist and academic with dual citizenship in New Zealand and Australia, shared: “From my experience, and what I know of the community's history and values, I fully believe that joining the Benedictine Sisters of Erie will enable me to deepen and respond more fully to God’s presence and call in my life in a positive way, not just for myself but also the community and greater good … I welcome this opportunity, as well as the prospect of being further inspired and enabled to advance the valuable role that women have to play in our Church and world, while promoting Gospel values of inclusivity, human development and peace.”

Postulancy is the first phase of monastic formation. As a postulant Colleen will participate fully in the life of the community and live the communal life of prayer and ministry. She will learn community history, vision and values and have classes on Benedictine spirituality as she continues to discern her vocation.