A good laugh and a long sleep

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RGH-welcomeAmanda Conway (left) and Jill Carlson, ready to offer Benedictine hospitality at our Retreat and Guest House


Amanda Conway lives by the Irish proverb, “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” The proverb fits well with her role as our new hospitality and event coordinator. We want overnight guests to get a long sleep and enjoy a good laugh with other guests and the sisters at meals.

Amanda, a native of Monroe, Wisconsin, knew about Holy Wisdom from her work as a funeral director at Cress Funeral Home in Madison. “I knew the ecumenical Benedictine tradition was one of inclusion rather than exclusion and I am truly blessed to be a part of this community,” Amanda explained, reflecting on her new role in extending that hospitality to all.

A life-long learner, she recently returned to college at the UW-Madison to study Russian language and history. She finds reading about cultures and history fascinating and is often reading two or three books at a time. At least one of those books would be about the history and culture of Ireland and how it impacted the lives of her ancestors, as she enjoys researching her Irish genealogy.

“I’m amazed by the kindness of my coworkers and how it has affected my attitude outside of work as well. I cannot express my gratitude toward everyone who has helped me transition into this position. My acceptance into this wonderful community has been incredible and the support and guidance is wonderful.”

To schedule a meeting, group retreat, wedding or memorial service, contact Amanda at aconway@benendictinewomen.org.

To schedule a personal retreat, use the online availability form at www.benedictinewomen.org/retreats/personal-retreats.

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Read the entire May 2015 Benedictine Bridge here.

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