Prayer, Work &
Community Living

responding to the needs of
the Church & the world

Our Mission

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.

Prayer Requests

As a Benedictine monastic community, a significant part of our mission is prayer. Is there someone or something you would like us to pray for? You’re invited to share your special intentions with us. You will be remembered during our daily prayer of Liturgy of the Hours, and your request will be shared on a community bulletin board seen by the sisters every day.

It is our privilege to pray for you. God bless you!

Interior of Sacred Heart Chapel

Message From the Prioress

The inauguration of Dr. Brian Bruess as President of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University took place on Friday, September 22. We sisters were honored to host the inaugural Eucharist in Sacred Heart Chapel (photo, but full of people!). Representatives connected with CSBSJU were asked to bless Dr. Bruess, and I was honored to represent our sisters.

Being a Benedictine, I drew on the psalms (Psalm 19) and connected it with the visual theme for the inauguration, the honeycomb. I share this blessing with you:

“May you place your trust in God, who endures forever.

Like all God’s decrees, may you stand firm in righteousness.

May you find treasures more precious than gold as you seek to find God in the daily,

And know them to be sweeter than honey from the comb.”

Prioress Karen Rose, OSB


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Happening at the Monastery

Book Discussion: Eucharistic Adoration After Vatican II by Edward Foley

Come, join others in expanding and deepening your understanding and appreciation for Eucharistic adoration in light of Vatican II’s emphasis on the Eucharistic liturgy as the source and summit of the Church’s life (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 10). Engage with others in a chapter-by-chapter study and discussion of the history, theological principles, spirituality, and resulting key guidelines for Eucharistic devotions. Registration is due Monday, October 9.

Bench on a lakeside during sunset
Bench on a lakeside during sunset

Daily Meditations

Our team of writers are going to take a break for the summer. Some will be vacationing and seeing new sights; others will have leisure time with family and friends; and several will have new community roles. We hope to be personally refreshed and will be back with you in September. Psalm 37 advises us: “Trust God and do good, settle down and be at peace. Delight in the Lord, who satisfies your heart.” This is our wish for you this summer.