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.


Easter Liturgy Schedule 2019

You are invited to join the monastic community this Easter season…

Girls, God and Good Times (3G) Registration Open

Registration for both sessions of Girls, God and Good Times (3G)…

Can We Do More Than Pray?

In a time when our neighbors—both near and far—are affected…

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 26, 2019

Lent can be a daunting period—especially if one takes seriously the need and challenge to confront one’s own foibles, weaknesses and ever present problem of self-centeredness. There is the daily struggle to aspire to higher standards for one’s self and yet yielding to what is convenient and easy to attain. It is not mainly the love of sweets, drinks or partying that calls for fasting; harder yet can be refraining from harsh words, the cold shoulder treatment and ignoring others’ needs. Giving up one or two pleasures once a day or week may be tiresome and wearying at times, but expanding one’s concern and care for others is the most Christlike we can be. Surely even minor fasting from food and drink is wholesome, both spiritually and physically, but from Jesus’ own life we learn that the works of mercy count most in God’s sight. These can assure us a blessed Lent.

by Carol Berg, OSB