Highlights from the Ritual of Election of Prioress

On Sunday, July 12, the Benedictine Sisters of Erie elected Sister Stephanie Schmidt as their next prioress. Enjoy highlights from the ritual of election by clicking here or on the photo to view a short photo-video.

The perpetually professed members of the community cast their votes after a weekend of prayer and discernment. Contrary to typical elections, the group seeks convergence and consensus through a facilitated process of reflection, discussions and nominee presentations. The process was led by Sister Michaela Hedican of St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, MN and Sister Lynn McKenzie, president of the Federation of St. Scholastica, Sacred Heart Monastery, Cullman, Alabama. Sister Lynn, as president of the federation to which the Erie community belongs, presided over the election which took place in the monastery chapel.