Speaker's Bureau

The Sisters of Saint Benedict wish to share their knowledge with others. Through a Speakers’ Bureau, the Sisters provide informative and educational presentations on a variety of topics to civic groups, non-profit and community organizations. To schedule a presentation, call the Communications Office at (320)-363-7142.

Who are the speakers?

The speakers are members of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn. They are authors, spiritual directors, missionaries, historians, teachers, artists, musicians, theologians, and more. The women of Saint Benedict’s Monastery seek to share their experience learned through the years with the greater community.

What is the format?

Presentations may vary based on the individual interests and educational goals of the audience. Topics are covered in 45-60 minutes and include opportunities for audience participation and/or discussion.

What are the topics?

What are the topics? Following is a list of topics we offer by specialty. If there is an interest in topics not found here, every effort will be made to locate a speaker. All presentations are designed to address the audience’s specific needs and to provide practical “take-home” information. Note: some topics may be listed in multiple categories.


  • Chinese/European art comparisons (religion, philosophy, culture, history)
  • Gregorian chant
  • Haehn Museum exhibitions


  • Adult children of aging parents
  • Birth order
  • Coping resources for older persons to increase life satisfaction
  • Humor
  • Magic of positive self-esteem
  • Stress management
  • Understanding yourself and others
  • Wellness


  • Benedictine Values
  • Hildegard of Bingen
  • Monastic spirituality
  • History of Saint Benedict’s Monastery

Cultural, Justice and Social Concerns

  • Achieving balance in our lives
  • American Indian relations
  • Compassionate visiting
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Guatemala experiences
  • Hispanic relations
  • Justice and children
  • Organic gardening
  • Peaceful classroom management
  • Spanish translation/interpretation
  • Transitions


  • Church renovation
  • Funeral rituals
  • Gregorian chant
  • Lenten topics
  • Liturgical dance
  • Liturgical rituals
  • Liturgical seasons
  • Liturgical spirituality
  • Prayer
  • RCIA retreats

Spiritual Ministries and Spirituality

  • Compassionate visiting
  • Death and dying
  • Grief and loss
  • Healing and hope
  • Spiritual direction
  • Spirituality, faith formation
  • Supervision of spiritual directors
  • Women in Scripture


  • Annulment of marriage (in group or individual settings)
  • Benedictine Values
  • Catechetical teaching skills
  • Gregorian chant
  • Hildegard of Bingen
  • Lectio divina
  • Lenten topics
  • Scripture
  • The Psalms
  • Women in Scripture