It's sad that the nuns of Mount Benedict Monastery are planning to leave the Ogden area after almost 70 years in the Top of Utah. However we are full of gratitude for their several decades of love and service to the community.
Time has winnowed the number of sisters at the South Ogden monastery. Only five remain here. They will return to the St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, Minn. The $5 million in the St. Benedict's Foundation will still benefit the community. Over the next decade, that money will be transferred to and distributed by the United Way of Northern Utah and the Diocese of Salt Lake. As the sisters stated in a news release, "All the funds and interest, which have been the result of local donations and generous gifts from the sisters' labor in the community, will be used in Northern Utah, in an area they have come to love."
Frankly, as long as there are inhabitants in the Ogden area, the legacy of the sisters will never fade away. There are likely precious few persons in our community who have not had their hearts touched and their minds expanded by the work and influence of these nuns, who were more than 30-plus just a couple of generations ago. There is the hospital they came to build, St. Benedict's, in the heart of Ogden, which laid the foundation for the larger hospitals today. There is the legacy of nursing skills that many of the nuns passed on to countless students. There's the charity work, and the employment at Ogden Regional Medical Center, which continues today.
And there's the countless acts of charity, the pure love of Christ, that the sisters have demonstrated for generations. Whether it's efforts to make sure the hungry and needy are sustained, or a compassionate visit in a cold hospital room to parents who have just endured the death of a beloved child, the sisters were there, offering love.
"We leave with no regrets," said Sister Stephanie Mongeon. "We leave our peace and gratitude with the people of this community."
We'll miss them.