The Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict are the largest Benedictine community in the United States. At its peak in the 1950s, the monastery had 1278 fully professed Sisters, who were ministering in over 83 schools and health care organizations, as well as numerous other ministries. Saint Benedict’s Monastery sent Sisters out to establish Benedictine foundations in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; St. Paul, Minnesota; Lacey, Washington; Bismarck, North Dakota; Duluth, Minnesota; Sapporo, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan; Nassau, Bahamas; Ogden, Utah; and Humacao, Puerto Rico.

Throughout their history, the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict have cultivated the integration of art, intellectual development and spirituality. This philosophy is evident from their earliest days in Minnesota, despite harsh pioneer conditions and demands for service among the European immigrants.

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Our Mission

We, the Sisters of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., are a monastic community of women who seek God in our daily lives according to the Gospel and the Rule of Benedict. Through our ministry of prayer, work and community living, we listen and respond to the needs of the church and the world.


Our Focus

We, the monastic women of Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minn., commit ourselves and our resources to enriching the spiritual lives of women as the central focus of our diverse ministries.*

*Our focus is meant to describe an emphasis, not to exclude families or men.



Our Core Benedictine Values

Awareness of God

RB 19:1; 72-11
We acknowledge the primacy of God and seek to follow Christ in the ordinary events of every day.


RB 72
We are committed to respecting each individual, forming stable relationships, receiving counsel from the community and affirming the common good.

Prayer and Work

RB 19:6-7; 48:8
We are dedicated to a daily rhythm of prayer and work, as we praise God and witness to the dignity of work in God’s creation.


RB Prol 1
We strive to listen with the ear of our hearts, to hear the voices of all creation with compassion and reverence.


RB 53:1
We seek to respect all persons and to welcome them with warmth, acceptance and joy.


RB 31; 10-11
We value simplicity and frugality as we reverence all of creation and care for the goods of the earth.


RB Prol 17
We are committed to peace and to practicing justice locally and globally.