Sister Brian Wild


Sister Brian Wild, age 91, died on May 8, 2022, at Villa Saint Vincent, Crookston.

On November 12, 1930, Sister Brian was born in Fargo, North Dakota, the sixth of eight children of Edward George Wild, Sr. and Dorothy Daggett Wild. She was given the name Barbara Louise Wild at her baptism.

She obtained a bachelor of science degree in secondary education in 1957 from Mayville State Teacher’s College, Mayville, ND, and taught in the Moorhead Public School System.

Barbara entered the Benedictine community on August 15, 1961, and she received the Benedictine habit and the name of Sister Brian on July 2, 1962. Sister Brian made temporary vows on July 11, 1963, and final monastic profession on July 11, 1968.

Sister Brian served as a mathematics instructor and a part-time librarian at Mount Saint Benedict Academy in Crookston, a physics and mathematics teacher at Sacred Heart High School in East Grand Forks, a mathematics teacher at Shanley High School in Fargo, ND, and a fifth-grade teacher at Saint Joseph’s School in Moorhead. In 1990, Sister Brian moved to the Mount and took up the responsibility for purchasing, maintenance, and security. In addition, if a sister wanted anything, she could go into Sister Brian’s office and receive anything sisters had turned in to her: watches, tools, office supplies, and numerous other items, including all kinds of batteries. It is impossible to surpass the organization of minutiae in Sister Brian’s office. And, she knew the location of everything!

Sister Brian loved the challenge of jigsaw puzzles, and she could often be seen putting one together. She was also an avid card player.

Sister Brian is preceded in death by her parents: Edward George Wild Sr. and Dorothy Daggett Wild, and siblings: Edward George Wild, Jr., Peter Wild, Rev. David Wild, Robert Wild, Joyce Mattson (Melvin), and Dorothy Johnson (Emery). She is survived by Sister Moira Wild, OSB of Saint Benedict’s Monastery in Saint Joseph, MN, many nieces and nephews, and the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Crookston.

A prayer service celebrating Sister Brian’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 19. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. The Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed by going to her web page at and clicking on the prompt to view.

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