Elders of the Benedictines:
A Portrait and Interview Project

Sister Annella Gardner, O.S.B., b. 1918

Sister Annella Gardner, O.S.B.Sister Annella is a member of the Benedictine community at Sacred Heart Monastery in Richardton, North Dakota.

Q: What are your hopes for the future?

A: First and foremost, don't worry about Y2K! For our community, I hope we will gain new vocations. Our membership will be dropping off rapidly. We have about twenty-five in the house now and half of us are above eighty years old, and we have few that are younger than fifty. It's hard to say what will happen to the community if we don't get new members. I do feel that somehow we are going to go on. At the millennium our community will have been in existence for eighty years. We are a small group but I feel we are a great group. I don't think God will let that dwindle out. The community will undoubtedly change. People coming into community now have a completely different background than we did in the 1930s. Each new member puts a different flavor into the community. All these new flavors are going to create a new community flavor. I don't know if it will be chocolate or strawberry, but it will be different from what we have today.

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