|In recent years, we have moved from a position of ownership to one of sponsorship. By doing so, we have promised to provide the foundational rock—our name, our values, and our own long record of stability—upon which other organizations can securely build. We thus share our own integrity and depth of commitment.
The leadership of SMDC gather at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel for worship and a blessing from the Sisters.
Sister Mary Josephine Torborg visits with College of St. Scholastica students at a Benedictine Prayer Evening.
Our sponsorship responsibilities start here in Duluth with The College of St. Scholastica, the Benedictine Health Center and Westwood, and St. Mary’s Medical Center. We extend our involvement beyond Duluth by serving as sponsors for member or affiliated institutions in the Benedictine Health System.
Jan Barrett (foreground left) and Sister Mary Christa Kroening (at podium) conduct a Benedictine Health System Orientation.
"As Benedictines, we do good works—directly as individuals, and communally, through the institutions we sponsor. The Latin root of the word sponsor means 'to pledge oneself solemnly.' I believe that sponsorship is, then, a deep sense of responsibility, as well as a bond that unites us as Benedictines with our institutions and with the good works that flow from them. I have been blessed in my work to see how the Benedictine influence has grown through sponsorship." - Sister Kathleen Hofer, Board Chair, St. Mary's Medical Center, and Active Chair, SMDC Board of Directors