Katlyn Ward completes Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience

The Benedictine Sisters of Erie offered a prayer of blessing for Katlyn Ward upon the completion of her Benedicta Riepp Monastic Experience. Sister Stephanie Schmidt, Director of Monastic Formation, thanked Katlyn for her commitment as a “Riepper” and remarked that her quiet presence was a gift and her involvement in many ministries within the community left a lasting memory of work well done. Her sentiments echoed those of the community: “You have been faithful to the process of seeking God through prayer, community and ministry.” Katlyn’s mentor, Sister Miriam Mashank, shared how Katlyn was steady throughout her 5 month commitment, never wavering and ever dependable.

In her blessing, prioress Sister Anne Wambach spoke with great clarity: “Katlyn, in your commitment to this community within the Benedicta Riepp program, you have lived fully and intentionally this monastic way of life. Your time with us has been mutually enriching. As you leave with the desire to be ever faithful to God’s call we bless you and say:

May you continue to act justly in all that you do.
May you continue to love tenderly all those you meet.
May you continue to walk humbly with God all the days of your life.

Katlyn Ward, a 24 year old college graduate and former AmeriCorps Vista volunteer from Lowville, NY, who has participated in mission trips to Nicaragua and spent some time in Morocco, was initiated into the Benedicta Riepp program on May 1. She made a five month commitment and during that time lived with the community and worked in the community’s ministries. Katlyn plans on staying in Erie and is soon to begin a new venture. As part of her farewell, she called down God’s blessing on the community as an expression of gratitude for the time that she spent in the Benedicta Riepp program.

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