Photography Prize

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Sister Carleen Schomer has been awarded first prize in the 2014 “Photography in the Gardens”  (adult lanscape category) sponsored by the Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society of St. Cloud, Minn.

The contest is for amateur photographers and the photo had to be taken in Munsinger or Clemens Gardens January 1 – November 7, 2014.


Thanks to All Who Gave to the Max

We're excited to be able to begin expanding the outreach ministry of Common Ground Garden, feeding both the bodies and spirits of people in central Minnesota. We couldn't do it without you. Watch our video to hear our "Thank you!"


Sacred Heart Chapel

Celebrating 100 Years of Worship

1914 - 2014


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Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict's Monastery, was built in 1914. In this centenary year, each month a photograph of the chapel will be featured on our home page. Our November photograph, by Nancy Bauer, OSB, shows a silhouette of the dome and chapel.

Winter Spirituality Center Offerings!

Winter offerings at the Spirituality Center are now open for registration. Catch the "Early Bird" bargains!



Now Available

Antiphonal Silence:
Photos and Poems by Annette Brophy, OSB

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Photo by Annette Brophy, OSB

Sister Annette partners penetrating images with the artistry of words in this collection of photographs and poems.

For more information or to purchase a copy of this book, call (320) 363-4394.





According to St. Benedict, guests are never lacking in a monastery. Be our guest as you take a virtual tour of the monastery. Welcome!






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We invite you to partner with us to help continue our mission and ministries. Click the button on the left to donate. THANK YOU!


Sister Karen Rose chronicled her final six months prior to her Perpetual Monastic Profession July 11, 2012. Read about her journey via her blog, here:

One Woman's Journey



Christina Désert: Working to Share Benedictine Values

Christina reflects on her year of service in Bristow, Va.

Follow her blog here, and share her experiences during her year serving in the ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, Bristow, Va. She is working with women and children through BARN, a transitional housing program and also with BEACON, a literacy program for adult immigrants and others who are working toward achieving a GED.

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Christina Désert:2013-14 BWSC volunteer

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