May Our Words Become Flesh: Writing as Down-to-Earth Spiritual Practice

During this workshop led by Sister Mara Faulkner, we will “listen with the ears of our hearts,” as Saint Benedict says, to the voices inside and outside our lives that are begging for honest expression. Provocative readings, shared silence, the company of others and our own courage may lead us to discover new insights into our lives and the life of our world. Writers at all levels and of all kinds are welcome, as are people who don’t even consider themselves writers.


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

“But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19

Listening for God’s voice in the daily is part of the Benedictine tradition. As 2019 begins, let’s ponder, along with Mary, the treasures God shares in each human heart and ask ourselves: What is God saying to me right now? Where is God calling me? How should I respond?

(Photograph by Sister Nancy Bauer: Statue of the Virgin Mary in Sacred Heart Chapel)

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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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 January 18, 2019

January 2019 is a mere blip on the timeline of eternity. But it is our present, our chance to develop our talents, cherish our relationships and grow in love of God and each other. It is our chance to stand with open hands, open minds and open hearts to await the daily experiences in which God comes to us. It is the beginning of a new year in which to hope and trust that the God who condescended to take on our human nature will be with us every day of 2019, and every day of our lives. With remembrance of God’s assuring words, “I am with you always,” we can throw away all fear, no matter how dark our personal and world events may sometimes look. We can really expect good things to happen, because God keeps his promises. Happy 2019!

By Roberta Werner, OSB