Sister Mildred enjoyed ‘tinkering’ with machinery

Sister Mildred Gelis, OSB, was known for motoring around Saint Leo University on her little scooter. When her scooter failed her, her mechanical skills went to work — to get it running again. She also was known to have a knack for maintaining cars, helping to keep costs down for her community of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida, who live in Holy Name Monastery in St. Leo. These are … [Read more...]

Holy Name Monastery: A tranquil place on a hill

Funny how a place can be both otherworldly and so much a part of this world. Holy Name Monastery is like that. It’s a peaceful place where Benedictine Sisters of Florida rise before the birds are up to pray quietly in their chapel, then return for daily Mass and more common prayers throughout the day. Then, rather than sit idly enjoying their monastic peacefulness, they head out into the … [Read more...]

Sister Helen Lange’s life comes to a close at age 105

Sister Helen Lange, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida, was remembered last week at two masses at Holy Name Monastery, in St. Leo, and at a reception at St. Anthony Parish Hall. She was 105 at the time of her death. Sister Helen, formerly known as Laurina Lange, was still a teenager when she traveled by train from Texas to Florida to pursue the religious life, according to a … [Read more...]

Finding a quiet place to reflect, amidst life’s hectic pace

When the Benedictine Sisters of Florida moved into their new Holy Name Monastery, at 12138 Wichers Road, they knew that the building would eventually need expansion. After all, they were leaving a 100,000-square-foot building and moving into a 28,000-square-foot structure. They knew they would need more room for retreats, and their original plans called for that. They just didn’t … [Read more...]

Celebrating St. Leo’s storied past

On the surface, the town of St. Leo easily could be underestimated. After all, the town’s population is just 1,350, and it has a tiny town hall. But this place of rolling hills recently turned 125, and its history was celebrated with a mass at Saint Leo Abbey, followed by a barbecue luncheon and speeches at Saint Leo University, and then, an ice cream social. Abbot Isaac Camacho … [Read more...]

Saint Anthony’s makes history again

At a place that can trace its history back to the 1880s, Saint Anthony Catholic School marked another milestone on June 3 with a ceremony to bless the completion of a renovated building constructed in 1922. It was the second time in two years that Saint Anthony Catholic School paused to celebrate the completion of a construction project. The first event occurred on Feb. 5, 2015, when the … [Read more...]

Saying thanks, a million times over

John Picciano has fond memories of his years at Saint Leo University, and a deep appreciation for the influence that the Benedictine Sisters of Florida had on his life. That’s what motivated the CEO of Ogelthorpe Inc., to donate $1 million to the Benedictine Sisters’ The Future is Now Campaign. “The sisters, at that time, were very instrumental in bringing out my potential as a student,” … [Read more...]

The new Holy Name Monastery: A place for spiritual growth, refreshment

When the Benedictine Sisters of Florida arrived in East Pasco from Elk County, Pennsylvania, in 1889, they lived in a three-story hotel in San Antonio. This week, they’re hosting an open house at their new quarters, marking another major milestone in their 125-year history in Pasco County. The new Holy Name Monastery replaces the sisters’ former quarters, which were in a … [Read more...]

Two cities, town heading to the polls April 8

Mid-term elections are still months away, but cities and towns in Pasco County will have a chance to choose local leaders in municipal elections in Dade City, St. Leo and Zephyrhills. Qualifying ended Feb. 18 for municipal elections, and incumbents in those cities and town will face challengers. Winners will be decided April 8. Residents living in those cities who want to vote must be … [Read more...]