Mother Benedicta Riepp Award

The Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict have established an award to recognize a lay woman who exemplifies Benedictine and Gospel values in her daily life. The honor is the Benedicta Riepp Award, officially named after Mother Benedicta Riepp, the foundress of Saint Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, Minn. The award has been given since 2007. 

Eleventh Annual Award

The eleventh annual Benedicta Riepp Award will be presented on August 18, 2017, Gratitude Day (formerly known as Donor Appreciation).


The Award honors a woman who has a relationship with the Sisters and manifests Benedictine and Gospel values. Not only is recognition given to this woman, but the award is meant to be an inspiration to others, giving witness that it is possible to incorporate these values into one's daily life and service.

You may submit a nomination for Gratitude Day 2017.

If you are considering nominating someone, you would need to provide a narrative about your nominee by considering the following:


Characteristics to guide you in the nomination process

  • Integration of Benedictine and Gospel Values in personal life
  • Integration of Benedictine and Gospel Values in public life
  • Openness in mind and heart through hospitality 
  • Alertness and response to opportunities for service to others
  • Respect for the dignity of each person
  • Skills in open and healthy dialogue
  • Courage to take risks in witnessing to Christian social principles
  • Concern for women’s issues
  • Reverent care for the earth and all creation

Core Benedictine Values: Signs of God’s presence in our world

  • Awareness of God
  • Listening
  • Community/Common Good
  • Hospitality
  • Prayer
  • Stewardship                      
  • Work  
  • Peace


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