Faith and the New Cosmology

Do Christians have to park their minds at the door when they enter church on Sunday morning? Do the discoveries of contemporary science and physics contradict and discredit Christian faith? Science and Christian faith are complementary rather than mutually contradictory. New cosmology—new knowledge of the universe—shows that the world has evolved over billions of years and that this transformation is still going on. New scientific knowledge can only increase our wonder at the Creator God. Curious to learn more? Check out our "Faith and the New Cosmology" series!


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

“Be steadfast and persevering” 1 Corinthians 15:58

September sees the start of the new school year and we are thrilled to welcome the students back to the campus of our neighbors, the College of Saint Benedict.

Starting the school year is a time when many of us feel reinvigorated and determined to approach life with a positive attitude. The quote from 1 Corinthians reminds us that it isn’t enough simply to begin; we also have to commit to following through. For Benedictines, seeking God through a life of prayer and work is the call to which we committed at the time of our profession. September is a time to check on how we are doing in following through on that call. What commitment in your life does God ask you to consider?

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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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 Sept. 18, 2018

Did you ever realize that in some ways, complaining was the opposite of being grateful? Because Mr. Jenkins was tired of his seventh grade class constantly complaining, rather than complain about it himself, he made a game of it. He ordered bracelets for his 24 students and told them to put the bracelet on the wrist they chose to be their home base. Each time students complained, they had to move the bracelet  to the other wrist—their opponent—and award the opponent wrist a point. The only way students could move their bracelet back to home base was by saying or at least thinking something positive. Each evening before they went home, the students tallied their scores for the day. After 21 days, all the students who had more points than their opponent wrist were given an hour of free time to do things they enjoyed. The result: most students became more grateful.

by Lois Wedl, OSB