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Larson named prioress

The Benedictine Sisters of Richardton's Sacred Heart Monastery have chosen Sister Paula Larson to be the next prioress for a term of four years.

Larson succeeds Sister Ruth Fox who served as prioress for six years.

In a private ceremony on Monday at the monastery, she will be installed as prioress by Sister Joella Kidwell of Ferdinand, Ind., president of the Federation of St. Gertrude, of which the monastery is a member.

Larson will serve as administrator and spiritual leader of the community of 25 sisters.

She was born in Scobey, Mont., to the late Florence (Fouhy) and Lawrence Larson. She joined the Benedictine Sisters in 1963.

She earned a bachelor's degree in theology and nursing and a master's degree in spirituality at Creighton University, and a master's degree at the University of Wisconsin.

After several years of work in psych-mental health nursing, she was elected prioress of Sacred Heart Monastery in 1989 and served in that capacity for three terms.

During these years, she guided the community in renovation projects, the installation of two wind turbines, the acquisition of Subiaco Manor in Dickinson, the creation of a Foundation program and the start of a small llama ranch.

For the past six years, Larson has been the manager of the monastery finances and physical plant. In this position she also supervised the two-year renovation of the monastery.