come-see-updated_origA former youth minister from St. Patrick, Hudson, has entered the novitiate of the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Sr. Maria Benedicta, formerly Ashley Beutler, served as the parish’s youth minister for one year. A native of Moorhead, Minnesota, she is the daughter of Deacon Bill and Sandy Beutler.

Sr. Maria Benedicta was one three new novices that celebrated their investiture in the habit, naming ceremony and entrance into the novitiate Saturday, Aug. 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration.

The Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus were featured in the Superior Catholic Herald in 2014. Formed in 2007, the order has 13 professed sisters and three postulants.