Archives Collection

The Archives houses approximately 775 linear feet of records which, in addition to paper, includes photographs, sound and video recordings and motion picture film. The ongoing oral history program has at present 1,111 audio tapes of interviews with Sisters and lay associates.

The materials are descriptive of religious life of Benedictine women from the 19th century until the present and the many types of services in which the Sisters have been engaged: administration and staffing of parish schools and high schools, hospitals and nursing homes, a college and schools of nursing, American Indian missions and foreign missions. More recent types of service include parish ministry, social justice advocacy and spiritual ministry.

Although the Sisters have ministered in more than 100 places, those for which there are a significant number of records include the following:

Parish Schools

Minnesota: Albany, Browerville, Buckman, Cold Spring, Hastings, Long Prairie, Luxemburg, Melrose, Millerville, Minneapolis, Moorhead, New Munich, Pierz, Perham, St. Augusta, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, St. Paul, Sauk Rapids, Sauk Centre, Wadena

North Dakota: Bismarck, Dickinson, Mandan, Wahpeton

Washington: Tacoma

Wisconsin: Altoona, Eau Claire

High Schools

Minnesota: Saint Benedict’s Academy/High School in St. Joseph, Pierz Memorial High School in Pierz, St. Boniface High School in Cold Spring, Cathedral High School in St. Cloud

Wisconsin: St. Mary’s Academy in Altoona

Higher Education

College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn.

St. Cloud Hospital School of Nursing, St. Cloud, Minn.

Saint John’s School of Theology (formerly Benedictine Institute of Sacred Theology), Collegeville, Minn.

St. Benedict’s School of Nursing, Ogden, Utah

Hospitals

St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, Minn.

St. Benedict’s Hospital, Ogden, Utah

Queen of Peace, New Prague, Minn.

St. Michael’s Hospital, Richfield, Utah

Nursing Homes (all in Minnesota)

St. Joseph’s Home, St. Cloud

St. Raphael’s Home, St. Cloud

Mother of Mercy Nursing Home, Albany

Mary Rondorf Home, Staples

St. Mary’s Home, Long Prairie

Assumption Nursing Home, Cold Spring

American Indian (Ojibwe) Missions (in Minnesota)

St. Benedict’s Mission, White Earth

St. Mary’s Mission, Redlake

Little Flower Mission, Onamia

Foreign Missions

China: Peking/Beijing, Kaifeng

Taiwan: Taipei, Tanshui

Japan: Tokyo, Shimizusawa, Muroran, Sapporo

Puerto Rico: Humacao

Bahamas: Bimini, Freeport, Hunter, Nassau

In addition to the above, other subject areas of interest include art needlework, liturgy, Catholic Church, monasticism, agriculture and building construction, concern for the environment and women’s issues.

The manuscript collection of individual Sisters offers another range of topics including anthropology, ethnology, Catholic literature, Minnesota history, Catholic and/or Benedictine education, Christian art and symbolism, Gregorian chant and Church music, monastic spirituality, Father Francis X. Pierz and Joyce Kilmer and family. 

Those who have significant collections include Sisters Inez Hilger, Mariella Gable, Grace McDonald, Incarnata Girgen, Justina Knapp, Juana Raasch, Thomas Carey, Jacquelyn Dubay, Cecile Gertken and Michael Kilmer.

Saint Benedict’s Monastery Archives is also the repository for the records of the American Benedictine Academy, an association of Benedictine men and women committed to cultivate, support and transmit the Benedictine heritage within contemporary culture; the Federation of St. Benedict, a pontifical association of autonomous Benedictine monasteries of women in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Utah, Washington, the Bahama Islands, Taiwan, Japan and Puerto Rico for mutual support, to maintain and extend the Benedictine charism and to be the liaison between the Apostolic See and the monasteries; and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) , Region 11, an organization of pontifical right which aims to promote the welfare of women religious and the effectiveness of their ministry.