The news of the passing of Sister Benedict Kesock, OSB, came after a returning from a trip covering an event and the plan to work with a program to help children on Saturday February 22, 2014. “Children give me life,” was a favorite quote that Sister B, as she was affectionately known, shared with the hundreds of thousands of children, parents, and people who had the honor of knowing her in the 40 years that she served as a teacher, principal, and spiritual counselor at St. Charles School in Arlington, Virginia.
In visiting the Benedictine Monastery in Bristow, Virginia, on Sunday February 16, 2013, the snow had covered the grounds of the holy place and had given a peaceful and serene image to the land. At that time, as she rested in her room, the sisters who had taken care of her received flowers and gifts for her knowing that the time was near.
“Do not cry for me,” she said. “I am at peace.” And she was. The example she gave in the last weeks of her life followed the teachings she had lived by for half a century. Sister Benedict practiced what she taught others. The quiet dignity that she displayed in the last days of her life showed a concern for others.
“You have always been a perfect gentleman,” were her last words to the present writer as she looked at the bouquet of lilies he brought to her and that she so loved. As she motioned with her caring hand, that had wiped away so many tears of her children over the years, she gave a final blessing as the writer bent down to kiss her on the cheek for the last time.
“Thank you for all the love that you have given to the children. Thank you for the lessons that you have taught to so many parents. Thank you for your life. Thank you Sister B.”
Sister Benedict Kesock died on Friday February 21, 2014. She leaves behind a loving family and thousands of children and parents who will never forget her life of service to children and the lessons that she taught to children and parents alike.
All services for Sister Benedict will take place at Saint Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, Virginia. Viewing will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25 with a Vigil Service being held Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. The funeral for Sister Benedict will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 26 at 10:30 a.m. with burial in the sisters’ cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for Saint Charles School in Arlington, Virginia.
Rest in Peace.