Listening Our Way Through Lent

Lent can seem so demanding, the road to Easter so long. Where do we even begin? “Listen,” Saint Benedict would advise, “Listen with the ear of your heart.” Join Mary Stommes on Ash Wednesday, February 26, to reflect on listening as a rich and fruitful Lenten practice. If we become better listeners— to God and to everyday life—we will more easily recognize the hope and joy of Easter that awaits us at journey’s end.


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

Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7–8).

Benedictines are seekers. Through our life of work, prayer and community living, we are constantly searching for a deeper relationship with God. We pray both in community and individually; we undertake service that benefits the community near and far, and we do it together, as St. Benedict tells us we should.

If you’re an adult woman seeking God and interested in experiencing what it feels like to search in the company of like-minded women, check out  the Benedictine Live-In Experience. We’re looking forward to opening the door to you!

Susan Rudolph, OSB

Photo: Sacred Heart Chapel at night


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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 February 20, 2020

Trees are fantastic teachers, especially during the cold winter season. Strong, sturdy and deeply rooted, their dark bare branches reach high toward the sky hoping to touch its beauty. They teach us to aim high in life while, at the same time, remaining deeply rooted in basic human values which add beauty and goodness to the universe. They hold their own and are relentless in reconnecting with whatever the ecosystem offers them while teaching us the meaning of community and interdependence. They allow the rain and the sun to contribute to their growth. They provide living spaces for our feathered and furry friends. Ask the squirrels and they will tell you of how trees prevent them from being homeless. Even the trees’ broken limbs lie intertwined under heavy blankets of snow so their rot can provide essential nutrients for our universe. Yes, let the trees teach us of community and interdependence.

By Kathy Rademacher, OSB