Thank you!

The Celebration of Community was a joyous weekend filled with family and friends who love and support the sisters of Holy Wisdom Monastery. The events honored the sisters and their promises to monastic life, and all the communities of the monastery. People joined from near and far, in person and virtually to show how much the sisters and their ministries mean to them. The weather couldn’t have been better and the monastery was adorned with flowers inside and out.

Sister Everline Jeruto

During the Sunday Assembly liturgy on September 26, 2021 Everline Jeruto made her first monastic profession and became a sister in the Benedictine Women of Madison community. Sister Everline put aside her fears and trusted God as she answered the call to come to the monastery two years ago from Africa.

In addition the rest of the sisters renewed their monastic promises and celebrated anniversaries of their monastic professions, Sister Joanne Kollasch (67 years), Sister Mary David Walgenbach (60 years), Sister Lynne Smith (21 years) and Sister Denise West (3 years).

Celebration of Community

We invite you to watch the livestream events that took place during the weekend in case you couldn’t be there or want to experience them again.  In addition, please enjoy a beautiful slideshow  presentation featuring the Benedictine sisters and all the communities of Holy Wisdom Monastery. You are also invited to download the Prayer of Saint Benedict prayer card.

Watch livestream eventsSlide presentationPrayer of Saint Benedict

Care for the Sisters

Thank you for your generous gifts to Care for the Sisters. Your gifts ensure that current and future sisters have access to quality health care, retirement, continuing education tuition and enrichment development.


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.


    • Gordy & Kristy Meicher
    • Thompson Investment Management LLC


    • Mary Zaborski


    • 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


    • 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


    • Jane Ahlstrom
    • Anonymous (3)
    • Bernice Anglin
    • Jane Ayer
    • Ellen & Chris Belle
    • Brenda & Merrill Bormann
    • Sue & Charles Bradley
    • Carol Cloutier
    • Reverend Dennis Crowley


    • Judith Doran
    • Corinne & Brian D’Silva
    • 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 Oct. 1, 2021

Thank You to Our Dedicated Volunteers

We are awed by the dedication of our volunteers. Without you, the weekend events could not have happened. Thank you!

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

Event Volunteers

  • 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