On Friday, April 21, the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery extended the term of Sister Maria DeAngeli, OSB as prioress through May, 2019. Sister Maria was initially elected as prioress in April, 2009 and reelected for an additional four year term in April, 2013. The sisters reached their decision after two days of a reflection process led by Sister Aileen Vankemper from St. Walburga Monastery in Covington, Ky. and Sister Kathy Huber from Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, In. Sister Joella Kidwell, President of the Federation of St. Gertrude, provided consultation and advice.
Sister Maria, a native of Lake Village, Arkansas, is the daughter of the late Angelo and Lois DeAngeli and was one of seven children. She entered St. Scholastica Monastery in 1949 and made her monastic profession in 1953. She holds a B.S. in Education from E. Central State University, Ada, Oklahoma and an M.S. in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Chicago and has also studied hospice work, social work, and Spanish. She taught in Morrison Bluff, Conway, Russellville, and Fort Smith, Ark. and Clear Creek, Mo. She worked in parish ministry in Russellville, Crossett, and Helena, Ark. Prior to her two terms as prioress, she served as sub-prioress, formation director, and gift shop manager.