Wake Reflection for Sister Veronica Shunick, OSB

By Prioress Sr. Phyllis McMurray, OSB

“Were not our hearts burning (within us) while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32)

The story of Jesus’ appearance on the road to Emmaus is not only relevant to this Easter season but also it is so appropriate to the life of Sister Veronica. Sister Veronica loved the scriptures and when she spoke of the scriptures, her heart burned with a passion that was contagious. Continue Reading

Sr. Veronica Shunick, O.S.B., Obituary

Sister Veronica Shunick O.S.B., 86, of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, died Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Monastery.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the St. Mary Monastery Chapel.  Burial is in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.  Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Monastery, where a Christian wake services will be held at 7:00 p.m.  Memorials may be made to St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., Rock Island, IL  61201.  Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan, is in charge of arrangements. Continue Reading

Dealing with Group Disrupters?

Last night at an anniversary party, I fell into a long conversation with another woman about how to respond to a person in our community who disrupts every group she is in.  She often interrupts others, voices criticism of almost every other idea expressed, tends to come in late and leave early at meetings, takes initiative in the name of the group (sometimes in controversial ways) without first consulting with the whole group, and charges ahead with her ideas even when others disagree — and does so in the public eye, which can easily assume she’s acting with the group’s consent. Continue Reading