Missionary Benedictine Sisters to celebrate 90 years in Nebraska

NORFOLK - The Missionary Benedictine Sisters at the Immaculata Monastery and Spirituality Center invite you to help them celebrate 90 years in Nebraska.  It all begins with a mass at 10:30 Sunday morning at the monastery at 300 North 18th Street in Norfolk.  A luncheon and short program will follow the mass, as will tours of the spirituality center.  The Monastery's Development Director Sister Kevin Hermsen says the spirituality center is for people of all faiths.  Sister Kevin says the sisters came to Nebraska in 1923 at the invitation of the archbishop of Omaha to work with German immigrant children in the northern Boone County village of Raeville which at the time was home to a vibrant German-American community.  The Sisters went on to teach at schools in Madison, Wayne, Winnebago, Columbus and Norfolk.  They also established hospitals in Lynch, Norfolk and Wayne, and a nursing home in Norfolk.  The sisters began their spirituality ministry in 2009.  Immaculata Monastery is home to 28 Missionary Benedictine Sisters and is the order’s headquarters in the United States.