Benedictine Sisters celebrate 150 years in Ferdinand, Ind.

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-10-42-57-amThe Sisters of St. Benedict based in Ferdinand, Ind., began a year-long celebration of their 150th anniversary with a special event on Aug. 20 at Monastery Immaculate Conception.

The community was established on Aug. 20, 1867, when four sisters arrived in Ferdinand from St. Walburg Monastery in Covington, Ky. The Benedictines who settled in Ferdinand were predominantly German and their focus was education, according to a recent announcement from the sisters.

The community currently has 144 sisters, several of whom minister here in the Archdiocese of Louisville. They serve as educators and on the staff of the archdiocese. Sisters from Ferdinand also serve in Peru.

The Monastery Gift Shop will celebrate the anniversary on Oct. 22 and the public is invited to a concert at the monastery church on Dec. 11.

The anniversary celebration will culminate with the Sisters’ Summer Social, which is open to the public, June 2 and 3 of 2017.

For more information about the sisters and upcoming anniversary plans, visit

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