The Sisters of Saint Benedict have always ministered to the people in the area. They answered a call to come to America and teach the children of the European settlers. As women of the church, the Sisters shared this common goal and wished to provide religious and secular education for subsequent generations of Minnesota children.
The primary need for education soon evolved into many other, and sometimes unforeseen, ministries. Most notably, the Sisters answered the call to provide health care services in the 20th century, building St. Cloud Hospital during the Depression and opening and staffing many health care institutions.
In the 21st century, Sisters continue to work outside the monastery in education, health care and a number of parish ministries, using their skills and talents to meet the needs of the world.