You’re invited!

The sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery have built a nurturing community of communities. On Sunday, September 26, 2021, help us rejoice with all the communities by attending Celebration of Community!

This celebration honors the sisters and their promises to monastic life. It also provides an opportunity to welcome many of you back to the monastery and bless all of you who form these communities. Don’t miss this day of ritual, liturgy, laughter, sharing, delicious food and fun!


The day’s events will begin with Sunday Assembly liturgy at 9:00 am, followed by a community potluck brunch and short program to honor all of our communities.

  • Novice Everline Jeruto will make her first monastic profession

The other sisters will renew their monastic promises:

  • Sister Joanne Kollasch, 91st birthday and 67th anniversary of monastic promise
  • Sister Mary David Walgenbach, 60th anniversary of monastic promise
  • Sister Lynne Smith, 21st anniversary of monastic promise
  • Sister Denise West, 3rd anniversary of monastic promise

Care for the Sisters

In honor of the sisters’ achievements and leadership, and to celebrate their love and care of our community of communities, would you consider a gift to their Care for the Sisters fund?

Your gift will ensure the sisters have access to quality health care, retirement, continuing education tuition and enrichment development for the current and next generation of monastic leaders here at Holy Wisdom Monastery.


In Gratitude for our Celebration Event Sponsors

We deeply appreciate the financial support provided by more than 150 donors to support the ongoing needs of our Benedictine Women of Madison sister’s community.  More than $128,000 has been raised specifically for the Care for the Sisters Fund, which provides the quality health care, retirement, continuing education tuition and enrichment development and personal travel needs for the current and next generation of monastic leaders at Holy Wisdom Monastery.

  • Platinum
    • Gordy & Kristy Meicher
    • Thompson Investment Management LLC
  • Gold
    • Mary Zaborski
  • Silver
    • Anonymous (3)
      Chickee & Raj Atalla
    • Linda & Ron Bodien
    • Tom Braunger
    • Brian & Carol Grannon
    • Sherri Hansen
    • Jayne Neuendorf & Al Reichenberger
      Mary Ellyn & Joe Sensenbrenner
    • Chris & Jon Todd
    • Sal & Judy Troia
  • Bronze
    • Jane Ayer
    • Janis & Griffin Dorschel
    • Janine Edwards
    • Nancy & Gordon Enderle
    • Shirley Fagan
    • Steve & Susan Hawk
    • Amy Johnson
    • Terry Jones
    • Efrat Livny
    • Norma & Doug Madsen
    • Cathy & Ralph Middlecamp
    • Monona Bank
    • New Health Chiropractic, Dr. Richard Merrion & Charles McLimans
    • Barbara Parsons
    • Premier Retirement Partners
    • Lise Skofronick
    • Bob Smith
    • Sheri Swokowski
    • Marilyn Unruh
    • Reena Vyas
    • Roleen Walgenbach
    • Joyce & Gary Wodka
  • Friend
    • Jane Ahlstrom
    • Anonymous (3)
    • Bernice Anglin
    • Jane Ayer
    • Sue & Charles Bradley
    • Carol Cloutier
    • Reverend Dennis Crowley
    • Judith Doran
    • Roberta Felker
    • Sarah Wilkin Gibart & Tony Gibart
    • Janis & Mark Hanson
    • Hausmann-Johnson Insurance
    • Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc.
    • Inkworks, Inc.
    • Pastor Patty Jenkins
    • Jim Forrest Piano Service
    • Ellengray & Charles Kennedy
    • Marcia Krater
    • Carole Kretschman
    • Reverent Brad S. Lutz
    • Michel & Patrick McGettigan
    • Helene Nelson & James Arts
    • Bonita & Walden Paige
    • Peg Rasch
    • Kathleen & Ron Shanovich
    • Peggy & Mike Spiewak
    • Maureen & John Van Dinter
    • Tom & Sandie Vandervest
    • Dick Wagner
    • Sally & Jim Wedde
    • Kathy Woytch

*as of Sep. 21, 2021

Celebration Committee

  • Joyce Wodka, Chair
  • Amy Bonomie
  • Barb Dannhausen, OP
  • Jeannine Desautels
  • Bob Dinndorf
  • Lara Dulin
  • Rita Emmenegger
  • Toby Grabs
  • Carole Kretschman
  • Joanne Kollasch, OSB
  • Lynn Lemberger
  • Car McGinley
  • Sally McCoy
  • Charles McLimans
  • Brooke Miller
  • Janet Neurauter
  • Kathleen Kelly Shanovich


  • Barb Abbott
  • Sandy Adams
  • Amy Alstad
  • Chris Bellings
  • Sue & Charles Bradley
  • Barb Dannhausen, OP
  • Paula & Bob Dinndorf
  • Pat Donovan
  • Lara Dulin
  • Rita & Ed Emmenegger
  • Roberta Felker
  • Marge Ferstl
  • Sheila Fitzgerald, OP
  • Toby Grabs
  • Mary Hoefferle
  • Alice Jenson
  • Joanna Kramer Fanney
  • Meg & Richard LaBrie
  • Sue & Terry Larson
  • Lynn Lemberger
  • Phyllis Lobdell
  • Abbie Loomis
  • Jeanne Marquis
  • Sally McCoy
  • Car McGinley
  • Reg McKillig, OP
  • Julie Melton
  • Rich Merrion
  • Margaret O’Brien
  • Rex Pierce
  • Mary Rathert, OP
  • Julie Schwab, OP
  • Kathleen Kelly Shanovich
  • Peggy & Mike Spiewak
  • Aggie Steichen
  • Evie Storto, OP
  • Tamara Straub
  • Dave Topp
  • Janine Veto
  • Joyce & Gary Wodka
  • Heather Young

COVID-19 Precautions

  • All attendees 12 years of age and older will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours is required for anyone unable to get fully vaccinated due to medical conditions.
  • Individuals under the age of 12 will need to stay distanced at least 6 feet from one another to reduce any possible risk of transmission.
  • Dane County regulations require that masks be worn by all individuals two years of age and older when indoors with people outside of their household. Masks can temporarily be removed when eating.
  • Fresh air will continually be brought in from outside through our HVAC system. Additionally, we’ll position high capacity air purifiers in the indoor eating areas.
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes will be available in multiple locations in the Monastery Building as well as high touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently by our custodial staff.
  • Please stay home if you feel sick.