From his hilltop home at Mount Angel Abbey in St. Benedict, Oregon, Abbot Gregory Duerr, 81, can look down on the town where he lived from age 6.

“From the time I was in sixth grade, I was determined to be a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon,” says Sister Rita Rose Stohosky, 82. That determination paid off when she entered the community as an aspirant in September of 1952.

“The love and devotion to Mary is what drew me to this community,” says Sister Barbara Jean Laughlin, 83, a member of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.

Benedictine charism is in Sister Christine Rausch’s blood. In fact, four of the five children in her family are Benedictines.