St. Walburg Monastery

We Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, faithful to our monastic profession, seek God in community, prayer and work.

We celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ and serve him in all God's people, the young and the old, the sick and the poor, the stranger and the guest.

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Thank you to all who helped us in any way with the Nifty Fifty Festival and Flea Market on June 14, 2014 in honor of Madonna Manor's 50th Anniversary. It was a good day and we raised funds for all of the institutions involved:

St. Walburg Monastery

Villa Madonna Academy

Madonna Manor

Villa Madonna Montessori

See pictures below

Blessing for the 50th anniversary of Madonna Manor

Sr. Mary Catherine Wenstrup:  We are gathered here today to give thanks for Madonna Manor’s fifty years of ministry as a healthcare facility for senior adults. May the Lord Jesus, who commanded his disciples to heal the sick and to care for those in need, be here among us.

Let us pray for those who live and work here at Madonna Manor.

Let us pray for those who contributed to Madonna Manor’s tradition of care, especially the Franciscan Sisters of Sylvania, Ohio and the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery.

Let us pray for the benefactors, supporters and friends of Madonna Manor.

Let us pray for the Crescent Springs Fire Department and the Villa Hills Police Department who serve the residents and employees of Madonna Manor.

Let us pray for all who died at Madonna Manor and their families and friends.

Blessed are you, O God. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ Jesus heals our infirmities and diseases and brings us to eternal life. Make Madonna Manor a place of blessing and a center of love. Bless all who live at Madonna Manor and strengthen them by your grace. Bless all who work here that though their service, they may serve Christ himself.

Help the ministry of Madonna Manor flourish and bring to fulfillment the good work you have begun in this place. We pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who abides with you, now and forever. Amen.



Proclamation By

Michael Martin


Of the City of Villa Hills, Kentucky

To All To Whom These Presents Shall Come:

Whereas,        In 1961 Sister. Benedict Bunning was elected the seventh prioress of St. Walburg Monastery; and

Whereas,        In December of 1963 Sister Bunning presented the idea of a “home for the aged” to the community at St. Walburg, which voted to “construct and staff on the grounds of St. Walburg … a senior citizens’ home…”; and

Whereas,        The first building opened inDecember of 1964 and many more buildings and projects were added expanding the size and services offered at Madonna Manor between 1964 and today; and

Whereas,        The first three administrators of Madonna Manor were Sister Germaine Gehring, Sister Martina Arnold and Sister Charles Wolking, and a total of twenty-seven sisters worked at Madonna Manor while nineteen others served on the Board of Directors which after 1999 included lay members; and

Whereas,        In 1998 the community joined the Benedictine Health Network and hired Madonna Manor’s first lay administrator, Sue McConn; and

Whereas,        In 2006 the Monastery chapter voted to transfer sponsorship and operations of Madonna Manor to the Franciscan Sisters of Sylvania; and

Whereas,        In 2014 Madonna Manor celebrates fifty years of operation and service to Villa Hills and the wider Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region;

NOW THEREFORE, in order to celebrate and thank the sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, the operators, staff and residents of Madonna Manor for the contributions they make to our City and to honor them for improving the quality of life of those they serve and for being an integral part of the fabric of the our community, I hereby proclaim Saturday, June 14, 2014 as


AND FURTHERMORE I hereby encourage all members of our community to join the celebration of Madonna Manor’s 505h Anniversary.

                                                                        Signed this 14th day of June, 2014

                                                                        Michael Martin, Mayor


Sister Immaculata Campbell (91) died early this morning, May 23. She was a teacher, librarian, pastoral minister and musician and served in many positions in the Dioceses of Covington, Kentucky and LaJunta, Colorado. She was one of the pioneer sisters at All Saints School in Walton, Kentucky when it was established in 1951. Reception of the Body, Evening Prayer and Visitation Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30 pm at St. Walburg Monastery Chapel; Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, May 28 at 5:20 pm, St. Walburg Monastery Chapel, followed by interment in the Monastery cemetery.
For community obituary, click here


Pat Heidrich, one of the original Benedictine Oblates who joined the group in 1987, died on April 30, 2014. Please remember her and her family in your prayers. For more information about Pat, click here.

Little Red Wagon Easter Gift from St. Walburg Monastery Maintenance Department

     Our maintenance department (left to right: Roberto, Rick, Paul and Tony) gave us a surprise Easter gift. They found the 1955-60 Stagger Wagon, manufactured by the Stagger Toy Company in Stagger, IL, in a shed behind Cottage 7 where Sr. Margaret Mary Gough lives. Full of old garden tools and buckets, the wagon was rusty with a broken handle. The last sister to use was Sr. Pauline Rice who used it to take water to Cottage 7’s garden and to haul produce to the cottage. She also gave her nephews exciting rides down the sloping drive in back of the monastery and enjoyed her own rides upon the pretence of entertaining her nephews.

     The maintenance department took the wagon to repair and refurbish it. They sandblasted the rust of it and did some welding on it. After a coat of paint and some new nuts and bolts, it looks like new with a new name painted on it. Roberto, Rick, Paul and Tony presented it to us with two azalea bushes for Easter. We thank them for the delightful surprise and the wonderful spring gift.


Helen Kiffmeyer, who had a long association with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery died on April 1, 2014. She was a member of the original Oblate group joining in 1985 and making her first Oblation in 1987. Please remember her and her family in your prayers. For more information about Helen, click here.

Mar. 29
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery are pleased to announce that they have re-elected Sr. Mary Catherine Wenstrup, OSB to serve as prioress for four more years. Please keep her and the community in your prayers. Pictured (left to right) are: Sr. Glenna Smith, OSB, president of the Federation of St. Scholastica who presided over the canonical election, Sr. Mary Catherine Wenstrup and Sr. Susan Quaintance, OSB of St. Scholastica Monastery in Chicago, Illinois who was the facilitator of the discernment process.

Click here to read the Winter Spring 2014 issue of the Oblate Newsletter.


On Saturday, January 18, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery officially welcomed Patty Bickett (left in picture) to the residency program. Sr. Mary Catherine, Wenstrup, prioress is pictured with Patty. We are pleased that Patty is here to discern her call to monastic life with us.


Click here to read the Winter 2013 issue of LEAVEN

Click here for the brochure with 2013 updated rates for the St. Walburg Monastery Guest House.


To view the Villa Montessori School slide show on YouTube,

 click here.


To view the 2013 Statement on Immigration passed

by the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses

February 4, 2013, click here.



Arcadia Press has published The

Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg


To order a copy, email Sr.

Deborah Harmeling at or call her

 at 859-331-6771.

Proceeds from the book go to

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg


You can review the first chapter of the

 book at or







We have a  St. Walburg Monastery blog entitled Reflections from the School

for the Lord's Service. It is a multi-voice blog with different sisters posting every week. New posts will go up on

 Wednesdays. Click here to read.





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