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A Century of Saints

The Braegelman sisters

Sister Bernice, Sister Benedicta and Sister Athanasius Braegelman

From left to right: Sister Bernice, Sister Benedicta, and Sister Athanasius Braegelman.

The College's program in Catholic Studies was endowed by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in honor of three women who were blood sisters and vowed members of the Benedictine community. Sister Benedicta Braegelman taught elementary school. Sister Athanasius Braegelman was president of the College and prioress of the Monastery from 1942 to 1954, serving as prioress again from 1960 to 1966. Sister Bernice Braegelman was a Scripture scholar and taught religion at the College for over 30 years. The Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies is a fitting legacy, deepening students' knowledge of Catholicism's rich tradition and its interaction with culture.


Where were the Braegelman sisters born and raised? I am from an area with a large Braegelman ancestry, and I am wondering if there is any relation?

Submitted By: Whitney Bertram on 12/25/2011 03:53 PM

According to Sister Margaret Clarke, archivist for The St. Scholastica Monastery, Sisters Benedicta, Athanasius, and Bernice Braegelman were born to Gerard and Thecla Torborg Braegelman in Richmond, MN. "Urban legend" states the sisters moved to Duluth, MN because there were already so many relatives at St. Benedict's Convent in St. Joseph, MN near Richmond.

Submitted By: Michelle Ruszat, Marketing and Communications student employee on 01/24/2012 01:44 PM

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