OGDEN — They’ve given all their funds. Now, they give their faith.
The former sisters of St. Benedict Monastery in South Ogden traveled to Ogden Monday, Feb. 13, to distribute the last of the about $5 million of their foundation’s net worth. The monastery left the area nearly five years ago.
Their message was of faith in the organizations they would no longer fund as they distributed the last portion of their assets, $1.353 million, to 16 nonprofit agencies in the area.
“Spirit of Light, continue to empower these dedicated people to be channels of hope,” said Sister Stephanie Mongeon in her benediction at the event held at the Timbermine Steakhouse. “May we all be peacemakers and leaders with love to surpass all understanding.”
Groups of Benedictine sisters lived in the area for nearly 70 years.
“We have been able to do so much that we would not have been able to do otherwise,” Dallin said.
In an interview, leaders of Your Community Connection family crisis center said the sisters made monumental differences there — the YCC’s portion of the money will fund a children’s education center.
“It’s a light in the shelter for kids to go to,” said Julee Smith, executive director at YCC. “They can forget that they are in crisis for the time being.”’
As a guest speaker at the event, Elder Marlin K. Jensen, emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the sisters had offered Northern Utah the most important gifts.
“The only true gift is a portion of one’s self,” he said, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson.
“We will continue to keep you in prayer, that the good work will continue,” she read from Sister Michaela Hedican. “May every blessing be yours and you serve the people of Northern Utah.”
Zenzen said she believed and trusted in area nonprofit agencies to continue to serve with the same mission the sisters brought.
“You know it well,” she said. “You’ve learned it through the years.”
Those agencies receiving funding were:
A Center for Grieving Children, Boys and Girls Club of Weber-Davis, Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah received funds for both the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank and the St. Martha’s Baby Project, Family Counseling Service of Northern Utah, Friends of Weber-Morgan Children’s Justice Center, Lantern House, Midtown Clinic Health Center, Ogden School Foundation, Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, Prevent Child Abuse Utah, St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph’s Elementary School, Seager Memorial Clinic, The Road Home, Weber State University Upward Bound and Your Community Connection.