Sic transit . . . Admin Tuesday, January 21, 2014 St. Joseph’s Monastery in Elk County, Pennsylvania, the oldest congregation of Benedictine nuns in the U.S., will close after 162 years. © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.