Glennon Patrick Flavin founds the School Sisters of Christ the King. He sees
a need for religious women in the schools in the Diocese of Lincoln to carry
on the teaching of the Faith into the third millennium. He also sees that
Catholic Education is imperative in forming an apostolic laity -- so that Christ may reign.
The first groups of Sisters to enter the School Sisters of Christ the
King were sent to Villa Maria Motherhouse in Immaculata, Pennsylvania, to be trained under the guidance
Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These generous
Sisters would train our fledgling group for many years to come.
The IHM's also assisted in staffing schools in the Lincoln Diocese
beginning with St. Joesph School in 1979.
Glennon Patrick Flavin arranges for a temporary Motherhouse to be built in
Lincoln in order to move the initial formation program to Lincoln. The
IHM's generously send Sister Regina Marion to be the formation directress in
Lincoln and to help the religious sisters to set firm roots in the Diocese.
Bishop Glennon Patrick Flavin assists in the planning and building
process of the permanent Villa Regina Motherhouse just outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. His
vision of the Motherhouse is that it is home to all the Sisters, who return
to it every weekend for prayer, community life, study, recreation, and days of recollection.
The construction of the Motherhouse enables the Sisters to grow together
into a loving religious family.
Flavin appoints Mother Joan Paul to be the Mother General of the community
and with a Council of Sisters to assist her. Sister Regina Marion returns to
Pennsylvania and ends the physical presence of the IHM Sisters in Nebraska.
Their spiritual presence remains to this day.
The day before his death, Bishop Flavin gives his spiritual daughters a final conference in his home on
living community life as a family.
On August 27, Bishop Glennon Patrick Flavin dies of esophageal cancer.
Entrance into the Kingdom, the Constitutions and Customs of the School
Sisters of Christ the King, written by Bishop Glennon Patrick Flavin were
approved by Bishop Bruskewitz and distributed to the Sisters. This document, written by the
founder of the Community, brought about a deper love for the liturgy and living
together as a family striving for complete holiness of life.
School Sisters of Christ the King hold their first General Chapter and re-elect
Mother Joan Paul as the Mother General. During the Chapter of Affairs, the
professed Sisters study and discuss their Constitutions and Customs,
then submit constitutional changes to Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz for approval.
The School Sisters of Christ the King celebrate their 25th founding
Photo: IHM's who served in Nebraska and members of the first
"bands" of formation with the CK's who joined us for our Jubilee
Joan Paul, the first Sister to enter the community, celebrates her Silver
Jubilee - 25 years of religious profession and consecration!
Our first "House of Studies" is opened in Saint Joseph Missouri. The
Junior Sisters attend Benedictine College in Kansas to pursue their
Our Second General Chapter is held. Mother Joan Paul is re-elected Mother
General. The Ratio Institutions is complete and reviewed for the use of the
House is completed, blessed and guest to many! The house sits north of the
Motherhouse and was constructed to enable guests to experience the love of
the King. It is used for vocation visits and retreats as well as family
visits, and used by the community for days of recollection, recreation and
In our Third General Chapter Mother Joan Paul is again re-elected and the Sisters recommit themselves to evangelization, primarily through Catholic education.
Bishop James Conley approves the Constitutional changes.