Reward offered for return of stolen rings of deceased nuns from NKY monastery

Reward offered for return of stolen rings of deceased nuns from NKY monastery (Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery of Covington, Kentucky)

COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) - The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery of Covington have been burglarized.

A large sum of money was stolen from them. More importantly, they say, all of the rings from their deceased sisters were stolen as well.

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery of Covington put out a plea for help on social media on Thursday.


The rings represent "physical remembrance of each sister" according to the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery of Covington.

Over 125 rings were stolen. Those rings represented a history of over 150 years.

"If anyone could help us recover these invaluable rings we would be truly be grateful," said Sister Aileen Bankemper, Prioress.

An anonymous donor is offering a $5,000 reward for the return of the rings.

If you can help locate the rings, please contact police.

Here is what the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery of Covington posted to Facebook in full:

In the history of St. Walburg Monastery we have never made this type of announcement:

This week during funeral preparations for Sister Cecilia we were burglarized. Although a large sum of money was taken, what hurts us more deeply is that all the rings from our deceased sisters – our physical remembrance of each sister were stolen. If anyone could help us recover these invaluable rings we would be truly be grateful.
Sister Aileen Bankemper, Prioress
The ring and ring box are pictured below. The burglar missed one of the rings – there were over 125 rings stolen – covering a history of 150 plus years.
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