Sisters Obtain Master’s Degrees in Theology

On Saturday, May 9, Sisters Sarah Yungwirth and Roxanne Cassandra Higgins received their Master of Arts degree in Theology following the Spring 2020 semester from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

The Sisters of St. Benedict are a community of teachers, social workers, counselors, and so much more. Numerous sisters, including Sr. Sarah and Sr. Roxanne, continue to focus and expand their education to serve better their community and the ministries they support inside and outside monastery walls.

Sr. Sarah initially started classes in the fall of 1998. She received the opportunity to take one course per semester during postulancy and novitiate, as well as one class the summer after her first year of teaching. Sr. Sarah took a break from theology to focus on her teaching position until the Spring semester of 2017 when she was officially accepted as a graduate student. Sr. Sarah stated the program was great and was able to reflect deeply on her ministry, in the Vocations Office in Louisville, through her classes. Sr. Sarah believes that the knowledge and skills she has developed make her more effective as she relates to those encountered during ministry.

“I feel like I understand the depth and history of our Catholic faith better,” she stated.

Sr. Sarah’s other accolades include completing her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a MAT in Learning and Behavior Disorders from Spalding University.

Along with her most recent theology degree, Sr. Roxanne has a Bachelor of Science in Special Chemistry and a Master of Philosophy in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies, Mona. As a trained scientist, she found the subjective aspect of theology difficult. To her surprise, Sr. Roxanne enjoyed the class she was allowed to take her postulant year. The lecturer even recommended she consider the degree. After allowing her the opportunity to take one course each semester as a novice, the Sisters of St. Benedict asked if she wanted to complete the MA degree.

“For me, I was happy to study some Scripture.” Sr. Roxanne said, “I am very grateful for the opportunity the community has given me to not only study Scripture but also to study Church history and systematic theology.”

Congratulations, Sr. Sarah and Sr. Roxanne, on your impressive accomplishments!