Intensive Writing Retreat: From Silence to Word

During this retreat led by Sister Mara Faulkner, we will sink into holy silence— in ourselves, in nature, in visual images, even surprisingly in our noisy world. We hope to emerge from silence with the gift of words in our hands, to shape into poems, stories or reflections. We will offer them to each other and the world. Participants who would like a deeper immersion in a retreat experience are invited to stay overnight.


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

The six weeks of Lent can be a testing time. In the Rule, St. Benedict urges us to “wash away in this holy season the negligences of other times.” (Chapter 49: 3). Benedict is saying we should live these weeks purposefully, using them as a time to assess ourselves honestly and work on negative mindsets and behavior. In other words, we should spring clean our inner selves so that we can appreciate more clearly the glory and joy of Easter.
May your Lenten path be smooth!

Susan Rudolph, OSB

Sister Susan Rudolph was installed as the 17th prioress of Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict on June 4, 2017. Learn more about the installation process with this video created by Sister Nina Lasceski.


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Monastery Musings: February 2019

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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 22, 2019

Two teachers shared that the experiences they most regretted were times they failed to ask the “patient question.” For Mariella, it was her angrily accosting a college student for coming late to her morning class. As the student left at the end of class, she apologized for being late, sharing that she had had a phone call that her mother had just died. Another teacher in a rural area recalled having rebuked an eighth-grade student for coming late to Mass. This teacher recalled that she had a hard time sleeping that night as she replayed the words of this girl’s angry response: “Sister, you might be late sometimes too if you had to milk cows, feed the cattle and then walk several miles to school.”  Each teacher shared that she so wished she had asked the patient question…“What happened?”

by Lois Wedl, OSB