Speaking Out: Writing as Witness, Protest and Transformation

Join Sister Mara Faulkner for this intensive retreat where we will explore our responsibility and right to use our words to confront injustices of many kinds. Each writer will find her or his form or expression – poetry, essay, letter to the editor, blog, newsletter, etc. The retreat will include shared silence, provocative readings and each other’s company.


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

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Luke 3:4-6).

The season of Advent, the time of preparing for Christ’s coming, begins on December 2. As Christians, Advent challenges us to make the crooked paths straight and the rough ways smooth. We may need to begin by acknowledging our own complicity in any behavior or attitudes that contribute to the lack of love in our world and pray, “Come Lord Jesus, heal us.”

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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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 Dec. 13, 2018

Today we observe the growing “darkness” outside, but in just a short week, we’ll be on the other side of the darkness and we can say “light is overcoming the darkness.” Once more we will have moved through the solstice that marks the official, scientific season of winter, December 21. That date is one kind of marker, but experience tells us we’ve been bundling up for a long time and the heating bill is registering weeks of cold temperatures. Yet the commercials show young and older folks, as well as models and sports heroes and heroines, all dressed in the current outdoor winter fashions. What looks like fun and frolic on our various screens doesn’t feel that way for those of us who, day after day, face the darkness of morning alarms and winter weather traffic. Is there a way we can uncover light seemingly behind the darkness? Let’s not forget the stars and planets. For the joy of it, steal a moment in the morning to observe the lingering brightness of Venus in the South before sunrise, and in the evening, give a peek out after the sunset for the moon and Venus in the western sky. Be amazed!

By Theresa Schumacher, OSB