Catholic Sisters Week

Catholic Sisters Week takes place annually from March 8-14. This year's theme is Celebrating Traditions, Changing the World. Please join us in celebrating our sisters at Saint Benedict's Monastery by visiting our website/social media sites every day of Catholic Sisters Week to learn more about us and our vocational call to be Catholic Sisters!


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

“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.

Every season has its place, whether it be the seasons of the year or the seasons of the Church. As we welcome Lent, let’s do so with willing hearts. Lent (which comes from the Anglo-Saxon meaning ‘spring’) isn’t a time to approach with dread, it’s a time to think about how we can live in a better and more meaningful way so that we ready ourselves for that greatest of celebrations of life, Easter.

Susan Rudolph, OSB

Photo: Sister Mary Catherine Holicky (spring buds in monastery court)


Monastery Musings: February 2021

The February 2021 edition of Monastery Musings is available to…

Prayer in Troubled Times: Our Lenten Journey from Darkness to Light

How might we understand the pandemic in light of the meaning…

COVID-19 Vaccines at Saint Benedict’s Monastery and Saint Scholastica Convent

We are pleased to report that both Saint Benedict's Monastery…

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 8, 2021

One thing that’s certain about this time in our shared history is that we have had to invent our lives day by day, almost minute by minute. But how? “Do the best you can until you know better,” poet Maya Angelou says. “When you know better, do better.” This wise, compassionate advice may help us get through the troubling events rocking our world. Nudging us out of paralysis, her words call us to act with incomplete knowledge of what is best. Even the most rigorously tested medical and scientific knowledge is partial. So, too, is our knowledge about how to promote racial justice and equity, prevent the ongoing destruction of the environment, and build a society that works for the good of all. Yet, act we must. But Angelou’s words don’t leave us in ignorance. She urges us to question, learn, search for knowledge and practical wisdom. Then, guided by the Spirit of love, “knowing better” we must “do better.”

By Mara Faulkner, OSB