Sister Linda serves as the Prioress of the Sisters of St. Benedict at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery. She entered the Monastery of The Immaculate Conception in August of 1966 at the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, Indiana. (www.thedome.com) In 1973 she was assigned to the Diocese of Tucson. In 1983 she began her ministry to the Diocese of Phoenix. She served as Pastoral Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle, Director of Youth and Young Adult at the Diocese of Phoenix, Campus Minister and Guidance Counselor at St. Mary’s High School, Guidance Counselor at Arizona Charter Academy.
In 1998 Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery was founded by Sister Linda Campbell and Sister Lydia Armenta, Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery was founded with permission from Rome, the Diocese of Phoenix, and the Monastery Immaculate Conception. Presently, Sister Linda is adjunct faculty at Benedictine University in Mesa, AZ. In addition, she volunteers at Arizona Charter Academy.
As Prioress, Sister Linda directs the Formation program for new members, heads the Development and fundraising for the community, oversees the finances, and coordinates the building and maintenance aspects of the Monastery. In her spare time, Sister Linda enjoys: golf, walking, scrabble, and walking on the beach.
You can reach Sister Linda at 602-809-6877 or through the contact page form on this website.
Sister Lydia Armenta entered the Benedictine Community at Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton, South Dakota in 1976. There she attended all her formation classes until she returned to Phoenix, Arizona in 1980.
Sister Lydia was born on May 27, 1947 in Tucson, Arizona. She is the eldest of nine children, seven brothers and one sister. Sister Lydia’s mother, Virginia is 91 years old and lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Prior to her entrance to the Benedictine Community in South Dakota, she graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Arizona in 1966. She moved to Phoenix soon after graduation and began her first job as a clerk for the Credit Bureau. Then in 1969 she moved back to Tucson for a new job offer as receptionist at a furniture store. She was actively involved with the youth group at Santa Cruz Parish and in the choir.
She then moved back to Phoenix in 1973 to work in the medical field, working in an ear, eye, nose and throat office. She trained as receptionist, insurance billing and doctor’s assistant in procedures. During this time, she was actively involved in the Parish of St. Augustine. It was in 1976 that she left for South Dakota and became a member of the Benedictine Sisters. While at this monastery, Sister Lydia attended Mount Marty College while at the same time doing her formation classes.
Then in 1980 she decided that living in South Dakota was not agreeable with her and returned to Phoenix, Arizona. She returned to her previous job in the medical office. She also continued her parish work.
In 1985 Sister Lydia came in touch with Sister Linda Campbell and her Benedictine community who were here from Ferdinand, Indiana. She became involved with the community and felt that she still had a vocation to religious life. She continued to pursue her vocation call through this community.
In 1988 she began a new career with the women’s prison at Perryville as Correctional Officer. The last three years working at the prison was as law librarian officer. During this time she continued to process her intentions of entering the Benedictine Community. At the time Sister Linda had decided that this was the time to found a new Benedictine Community here in Phoenix. In 1994, Sister Lydia entered as the first postulant and work with Sister Linda in founding the new Benedictine Community. As a postulant, Sister Lydia began a new endeavor. She began a private child care in their house. It was a small day care from infants to 4 year olds. She progressed through all the stages in community as novice and on to her three-year temporary vows. It was during this time that Sister Linda and Sister Lydia built the Monastery on the west side of Phoenix.
The Monastery was named Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery and was dedicated by Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien on December 12, 1998. Our Blessings began to pour forth. Sister Lydia made her final vows on March 23, 2000 with Bishop O’Brien attending the ceremony. Since 2000 Sister Lydia continued with day care until 2002 and then our retreat ministry began. In 2008, Sister Lydia received her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Hesychia School at Picture Rocks in Tucson, Arizona. Sister Lydia is presently doing spiritual direction and very much involved with the Cursillo as spiritual director. She is the retreat coordinator at the Monastery and Oblate Director.
You can reach Sister Lydia at 602-527-4975.
Sister Elizabeth Cummins is a Franciscan Sister, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque, IA. She has been ministering in Phoenix since 1985 and has been a Spiritual Director at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery since 2004.
Sister Elizabeth has a Masters Degree in Theology and additional studies in Franciscan Spirituality; Certification in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats; Certification in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement.
She is an herb gardener and desert hiker and is presently studying the art of spiritual direction from the perspective of ecology and Earth Spirituality.
You can reach Sister Liz at [email protected]