School of Benedictine Spirituality

We invite you to become a participant in the School of Benedictine Spirituality, along with other seekers wishing to explore the dynamic world of the Benedictine Way. The school offers courses on Benedictine values, lectio divina, praying the psalms and other topics.


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.

Meet Our Prioress, Sister Susan Rudolph

Welcome to our new website! The Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict have worked, prayed and built a community in Central Minnesota for more than 160 years. As a Benedictine monastic community, our purpose is to seek God through prayer and ministry to others as we live the Rule of Benedict.

Learn more about Sister Susan Rudolph!

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.


Organ Concert

We invite you to join us for an organ concert at 2:30 p.m. on…

Arts and Crafts Sale

Come shop 'til you drop at our spring arts and crafts sale, featuring…

Sundays of Lent

During the Sundays of Lent, we will assemble in the Gathering…

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 Friday, February 23

For twenty years, marine biologists have been tracking a whale they call 52 Blue. Like all whales, he sings an underwater song. But 52 Blue’s song is at a frequency no other whales can understand or answer. So, he roams the north Pacific year after year, singing his song and hoping that one day a kindred spirit will answer him. The whale watchers call him “the loneliest whale in the world.” It’s easy for us humans to understand and sympathize with his loneliness. Most of us hope to find a soulmate who will understand us and respond to our song. But in our fractured and dangerous world, God is calling us beyond that understandable yearning to reach out to people who differ from us in language, culture, ethnicity, religion, world views: people who are not on our frequency, or we on theirs. In this season of repentance and redemption, let’s swim toward them, listening to their songs with curiosity, respect and, one day, understanding.

A Benedictine Sister