COVID-19 Updates

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, we are evaluating the situation on a day-by-day basis to help do our part in keeping Central Minnesota healthy. Although the governor has begun easing restrictions, there have been no changes to our policy at either Saint Benedict's Monastery or Saint Scholastica Convent. Please join us in praying for our community, our country and our world during this time. Click "Learn More" to follow along with updates regarding our community and events.


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

“Destruction stalks the city streets.” These words, found in Psalm 55:11, seem to describe life in June 2020. We are faced with death, disease, violence and injustice on a daily basis. Is there hope to be found in the words of the psalmist? Yes! Centuries ago, God’s people felt the same. They came through that time, the Messiah appeared, Christ rose from the dead and the Holy Spirit descended. Christ’s love and the gift of the Spirit are with us now. Hold fast!

Susan Rudolph, OSB

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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 June 5, 2020

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Boniface who was an English Benedictine monk and became a missionary to Germany. Legend has it that in 723, Boniface, while a missionary in Germany, announced that he intended to chop down a “holy” oak tree dedicated to the pagan god Thor. The local people told Boniface that he would be struck dead by Thor if he touched the tree. Boniface began chopping at the tree when a sudden wind came and blew the tree down. Boniface did not die and the people of that region converted to Christianity. Boniface was put to death in 754 while in the process of proclaiming his faith. Boniface was an example of missionaries who proclaim their beliefs by the actions of their daily lives and are prepared to die for their beliefs. We are invited to do the same. St. Boniface, pray for us.

By Joyce Iten, OSB