Sister Jeremia Januschka has been elected new regional superior of Mount Benedict Priory.
She succeeds Sister Francis Forster, who became the first to hold the office when the priory was established in 1980. Sister Januschka's formal installation is scheduled June 5.For the past four years Sister Januschka has been a counselor and science and math teacher at St. Olaf's School in Bountiful. She also serves as associate vocation director for the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City.
She was born in Little Falls, Minn., and entered the religious community of St. Benedict's Convent, St. Joseph, Minn., in 1955. She earned a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Benedict, also in Minnesota, in 1956, and a master's degree in science teaching from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
She has had extensive teaching experience in Minnesota and Utah, and has taught science on both the elementary and secondary levels. From 1966 to 1968 she taught science and was headmistress of Grand Bahama Catholic High School in Grand Bahama.
She came to Utah in 1971. Before accepting her position at St. Olaf's she spent several years teaching at Judge Memorial High School and is well-known among the students as a counselor and spiritual director. She has been active in planning and conducting retreats and workshops for young people.
Mount Benedict Priory is a small community of 18 women who in 1980 formed a branch of the larger Benedictine community of St. Joseph, Minn. The Sisters of St. Benedict have been in Utah since 1946 when they opened St. Benedict's Hospital.
"It is a great honor to be elected as regional superior of the Benedictines in Utah, and I am humbled," said Sister Januschka. "Performing this role will take lots of trust in God and in the wonderful sisters I am blessed to work with."