The Sacred TRIDUUM

Walk with Jesus from the table of the Last Supper to the foot of the cross and to the empty tomb! Join the monastic community from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday in silence, liturgies and meals as we observe these sacred days. A daily lectio for each specific liturgy will foster greater participation.


We, the Sisters of the Order 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.

Message From the Prioress

In his Rule, St. Benedict reminds us that Lent isn’t only a season of prayer and fasting, but also a time to “look forward to holy Easter with joy and spiritual longing.” Whether you are giving something up, making a donation to a good cause, concentrating on your prayer life, or helping to make the life of others better, do it joyfully in the knowledge that it is part of the journey to the miracle of Easter.


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Prayer Requests

We would like to hear from you!

Our primary work is prayer, and we include the petitions we receive in our daily prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours. We also post prayer requests on a community bulletin board seen by the sisters every day. Fill out the request form to let us know how we can hold you in prayer.

Daily Meditation for March 23, 2023

In reflecting on the value of silence in our lives, Henri Nouwen in The Way of the Heart wrote: “One of our main problems is that in this chatty society, silence has become a fearful thing. For most people, silence creates itchiness and nervousness. Many experience silence not as full and rich, but as empty and hollow.” Perhaps during this Lent, we could experience some of the richness that silence holds. Instead of filling our prayers with a steady flow of words, we could spend 10 or 15 minutes each day quietly sitting in God’s presence, just loving Him and allowing Him to love us. Many older persons have discovered this way of loving as they just sit close to each other for periods of time each day without saying a word.

By a Benedictine Sister