Prayer, Work &
Community Living

responding to the needs
of the Church & the world

Our Mission

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.

Prayer Requests

As a Benedictine monastic community, a significant part of our mission is prayer. Is there someone or something you would like us to pray for? You’re invited to share your special intentions with us. You will be remembered during our daily prayer of Liturgy of the Hours, and your request will be shared on a community bulletin board seen by the sisters every day.

It is our privilege to pray for you. God bless you!

Message From the Prioress

May is the month in which the Church traditionally honors the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mary is a woman who gave herself over freely and completely to God’s will and remained steadfast through the best and the worst of times. Are we willing to walk that same path with her and do whatever God asks, whatever the consequences?

Holy Mary, pray for us!

Prioress Karen Rose

Photo by Sister Nancy Bauer: Statue of Virgin Mary in Sacred Heart Chapel


Art and Heritage Place Closed June 4–7, 2024

The Art and Heritage Place will be closed Tuesday, June 4, 2024,…

Sister Johanna Becker+ Mentioned in Article by National Gallery of Art

An article published by the National Gallery of Art highlights…

Organist Lola Wolf Will Perform Concert Honoring Mary on May 19, 2024

Lola Wolf, an alumna of Saint Benedict’s High School and the…

2024 Haehn Museum Exhibit Opens to Public on Thursday, April 4

The Haehn Museum’s 2024 exhibit, “The Earth is Full of…

Happening at the Monastery

Mobile Mini Concert by the Bach Society of Minnesota • Friday, May 24, 2024

The Haehn Museum has been chosen by The Bach Society of Minnesota to be the site for a “Mobile Mini Concert” on Friday, May 24, at 3 p.m. The mini concert will be held at the Art and Heritage Place and is open to the public.

Guests are invited to tour the current exhibit, “The Earth is Full of God’s Riches,” at the Haehn Museum and shop at the Whitby Gift Shop, where many items handmade by sisters and other artisans will be available for purchase.

Daily Meditation for May 22, 2024

The end of May always is so charged with the excitement of the completion of another school year and looking forward to summer vacation and much anticipation of the coming school year. For those graduating there is an immense spirit of joy and accomplishment and eagerness to proceed to the next step in life. For all others in educational programs – the end of this school year brings a sense of relief – “it’s over”. Even for us who are beyond the days of ending and beginning anew, we remember experiencing this time of year. And very likely, many of us are involved with family members or friends who are celebrating their accomplishments. Congratulations to all graduates and all involved in education. Well done, good and faithful scholars.

By Marlene Meierhofer, OSB