Sister Evelyn Dettling

When I think of my life in this Benedictine Community all I can say is, “Thank you God”. From my youth until now, it has been an adventure in love of God, people and the planet, personal growth, and service of others in many and varied way. Over the years, I have had the privilege to teach at the elementary and secondary levels in catholic schools and to serve as campus minister at Indiana University of PA. For almost twenty years, I traveled throughout the South as the director of the Commission on Justice sponsored by the Glenmary Brothers and Priests. This position provided a unique and challenging opportunity to work with grass roots organizations struggling with the issues of land, labor, and race. This was a wonderful experience of working for justice and peace at a systemic level and learning from those individuals who “walked the walk” and led the way.

For ten years, I had the privilege of serving my own Sisters as the Sub-prioress and house coordinator. This meaningful service was possible because of being rooted in a loving community of monastic women who live together, pray together, learn and grow together, and support one another in good and in difficult times.

After two very happy years as the director of the Benedictine Senior Center, I am now learning many new things as the Development Associate in our Office of Community Advancement.

I firmly believe, “God’s mercies are new every morning.”


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