On November 10, 1977, Sister Imelda Koch left the Missionary Benedictine Sisters, together with Sister Alice Lordeman, Sister Roselle Koch, and Sister Therese Koch.
These sisters accepted Bishop Sullivan’s pre-arrangement not only for living quarters with the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Kansas City, but also for employment whether in St Mary’s Hospital, Redemptorist School, or Good Shepherd Manor. By January 1, 1978, the Sisters had moved to a house for rent on Westwood Road in Kansas City. Soon they all were employed in teaching, chaplaincy, secretary work, or care for the retarded men at Good Shepherd Manor. In addition, the Sisters managed Carian House for three retarded women. This was the first step leading to the ministry with retarded women in Liberty, Missouri, in 1981.
Meanwhile, at Sister Joan’s suggestions (President of the Federation of Saint Scholastica), the Sisters often visited with the Benedictine Sisters in Tulsa, requesting membership until such time as they could apply for autonomy and request acceptance in the Federation of St. Scholastica. They also were privileged to have various Sisters from Atchison give them study sessions on Call to Life regularly.
On December 8, 1980, the Benedictine Sisters transferred their monastic profession to St. Joseph Convent in Tulsa. That same day, Prioress Sister Anita Marie Gilpin, OSB, held a chapter meeting for the establishment of a dependent priory of the Benedictine Sisters in Kansas City.
On October 26, 1981, Immacolata Manor, a home for developmentally disabled women was dedicated. It would be managed by the Benedictine Sisters under the direction of a Board of Directors, and with annual certification by the Missouri State Department of Mental Health.
It was on July 24, 1989, that the Prioress of St. Joseph Convent, Sister Marie Jacinta Dorado, OSB, presented the Decree of Establishment to the Liberty Benedictine Sisters. On the same day the Sisters elected their first prioress, Sister Imelda Koch, OSB, with Bishop Sullivan presiding. On March 10, 1990, they received the vote of confidence by the Federation Council and President Sr. Johnette Putnam, OSB. At the General Chapter June 23, 1990, the Queen of Angels Monastery was also unanimously accepted for membership in the Federation of St. Scholastica.
On October 28, 2000, Bishop Raymond Boland of the Kansas City St. Joseph Diocese dedicated our first Monastery.
Meanwhile, all members of the community have left the ministry at Immacolata
Manor, the sisters are now involved in various ministries such as, feeding and giving clothing to the poor, companioning with the elderly, soliciting funds for foreign missions, prison ministry and parish work, so that in all things God may be glorified.