What Would Benedict Say?

I knew the Benedictines had gone ’round the bend of late, but this is just bizarre.

The [Presbyterian] Rev. Lynne Smith is believed to be the first woman in the United States to join a monastery founded by Roman Catholic sisters without converting from her original religion.

(Thanks, Open Book)

Update: The original news story link no longer works, so here’s another version.

First U.S. ecumenical community for women

Lynne Smith describes herself as a new monastic for the new millennium. Smith is a Presbyterian Benedictine — not just a baptized Presbyterian, but an ordained minister in the Presbyterian church. She is also a novice in the ecumenical community of Benedictine women of Madison.