About Being Benedictine Co-Chairs

Judith Valente is an award-winning author, poet and journalist and Oblate of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, KS. She is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and on-air religion correspondent for PBS-TV. She is the author of several spirituality titles, including How to Live: What The Rule of St. Benedict Teaches Us about Happiness, Meaning and Community; Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, A Spiritual Home and A Living Faith; and The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed, as well as two collections of poetry.



Linda Romey is a Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA, where she is the Coordinator of Communications and Development for the community and the financial manager at Benetvision and Monasteries of the Heart. She is a former Director of Marketing and Advertising for the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company in Kansas City, MO. Linda’s writing on the future of religious life appears on NCR’s Global Sisters Report. She serves as treasurer for Communio Internationalis Benedictinarum and is a board member of Communicators for Women Religious. Prior to entering the monastery Linda was a lay missioner in Colombia, South America, for seven years.