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Spokane woman joins Oregon Benedictine community
the Inland Register
(From the Aug. 3, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)
Laurie Hendrikson, formerly of Spokane, made her first monastic profession as a Benedictine Sister of Queen of Angels Monastery, Mount Angel, Ore., on July 11.
During the ceremony, she took the name Miriam, and promised stability, obedience, and fidelity to monastic life as a Benedictine Sister.
Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, prioress for the monastery, said Sister Miriam “brings compassion and caring to the people she meets at Shalom Prayer Center,” the monastery’s retreat center, where Sister Miriam works as a receptionist. “She greets each retreatant with warmth and hospitality,” said Sister Dorothy Jean, “and her concern for others flows into her activities at the monastery.”
Sister Miriam grew up in Spokane, where she attended Catholic grade and high schools and worked as a respiratory therapist at Deaconess Medical Center for 32 years. She has an extensive background in intensive care and pediatric intensive care.
She was introduced to the Benedictine Sisters when a friend from Spokane entered Mount Angel Seminary. Her visits to Mount Angel, when she often stayed with the Sisters, prompted her to discern a vocation to Religious life. She entered Queen of Angels Monastery in 2001 as a postulant and became a novice one year ago.
“In studying the vows (which Benedictines profess) over the last year, I have come to love the Rule of Benedict even more than before,” said Sister Miriam. “The vows are deeply spiritual and have profoundly touched me. The closer I got to my profession, the more joyful I’ve become.... I find myself at peace and believe this is who I was meant to be.”
Sister Miriam is continuing with her monastic formation studies at Queen of Angels, and also serves on the monastery’s Eco Peace and Justice Committee.