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Sister Benedict Kesock, O.S.B. died on February 21, 2014. Born in Masontown, PA on May 22, 1933, Sister Benedict became a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia at Saint Benedict Monastery in Bristow in 1954. Having taught is several Catholic parish schools in the Richmond Diocese and at Linton Hall School in Bristow, Sister Benedict was assigned to Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington in 1973, where she served for 40 years, becoming principal of the school in 1976. When she retired as principal in 2008, she continued to minister in the parish in pastoral outreach to the sick and infirm. [ Sister Benedict loved the cultural diversity of St. Charles Parish and was always in the center of all its activities. When the new parish center was named after her, she was beside herself with gratitude and joy.

One of Sister Benedict’s proudest moments was giving the opening prayer for the House of Representatives in 2003 at the invitation of Congressman Moran. In his remarks Congressman Moran said that Sister Benedict helped build a community of faith in Northern Virginia and that she was an example of why this country runs so well.]

Sister Benedict is survived by several nieces and nephews and the 32 members of her Benedictine community.

All services 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 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 Parish School in Arlington, VA. Please sign the guestbook at

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