Friday, June 15, 2012

Benedictine nun leaves legacy to archdiocese

Sister Regina Krushen remembered through her art
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, blesses the icons of St. Michael the Archangel and Our Lady of Tenderness (inset) May 27 at Holy Rosary Cathedral. They were painted by the late Sr. Regina Krushen, OSB. Nathan Rumohr / The B.C. Catholic.
I was fortunate enough to attend the blessing in which the archbishop blessed two icons by artist Sister Regina Krushen, who has a unique back story:
Born Mary Jennifer Krushen in 1959, Sister Krushen worked as a model before feeling the call of the contemplative life. 
"God can call you from wherever you are," said Sister Ancilla Armijo, OSB, a close friend of Sister Krushen. "Sister Regina enjoyed being a model, but her mother's death in 1985 awakened other possibilities." Sister Armijo said the trying experience allowed Sister Krushen to evaluate the meaning of her life. She said Sister Krushen felt compelled to draw closer to God and she became enthralled with the Benedictine lifestyle at Westminster Abbey in Mission. 
Later, she chose to join the Benedictine nuns of the Abbey of St. Walburga in Virginia Dale, Colorado. "This was where God wished me to live out the rest of my life," she said after her first visit to the convent in 1991. She entered the Abbey in 1992.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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