Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dennis (Blanche) Frandrup, OSB, celebrates 60 years of religious life

The Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict are pleased to announce that Dennis Frandrup, OSB, is celebrating her 60th anniversary of religious life. The monastic community will honor the jubilarians at a 10:30 a.m. Eucharist in the Sacred Heart Chapel at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minn., on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Bishop John F. Kinney of the Diocese of St. Cloud will officiate.

Blanche Frandrup was the eighth of 11 children born to Frank and Bertha (Freiermuth) Frandrup in Hampton, Minnesota. She attended St. Mathias Elementary School in Hampton. In her early years as a member of Saint Benedict’s Monastery, S. Dennis taught elementary school in several parishes in Minnesota. After eighteen years of elementary school teaching, Mother Henrita Osendorf asked her to obtain an art degree, which was followed by 32 years of teaching at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (CSB/SJU).

S. Dennis retired from full-time teaching at CSB/SJU in 2005. As artist–in-residence, she retains a private studio in the Benedicta Arts Center and has the option to continue in the position indefinitely. Presently, she teaches a jewelry class and enjoys the freedom and time to do her own creative work, which is sold at Whitby Gift Shop. Her special style has been developed over the years through her diligent and faithful time at the potter’s wheel and her attendance at workshops of other famous ceramic artists.

S. Dennis is also a member of the schola, and she emphasizes that her life in community has been one of abundance and blessings.

The Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn., is a community of women religious who are committed to enhancing the spiritual lives of others. In their ministries, the Sisters of Saint Benedict are devoted to serving others in parishes, social justice organizations and educational and health care institutions that reflect the current needs of the Church and the world.

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