Advent Directed Retreat

You are invited to enter this holy season where darkness is a companion of light and light brings us to hope. Join Sisters Josue Behnen and Mary Catherine Holicky for this virtual retreat where you will enjoy time for shared prayer and optional meetings with a spiritual companion in the days of Advent.


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

All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2 herald the start of the month during which the Church traditionally remembers those who have died. As a way of remembering, the sisters record the names of  deceased loved ones in a “Book of Life” kept in the Gathering Place. Throughout November, we include petitions for those listed in our worship. If you would like to add a name, please contact Sister Shirley Nohner at May all your departed loved ones rest in peace.

Susan Rudolph, OSB


Photo by Jennifer Morrissette Hesse: Book of Life in the Gathering Place


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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 November 23, 2020

In these dark days of late fall, economic downturn, pandemic suffering, uncertainty and fear, so often a sense of helplessness creeps in our lives. Our conversations and even our prayers feel the darkness and fear. We plead and ask ourselves, “What can I do? As long as we seek ways to help and methods of support and are caring about others, we will survive. We will be stronger and more compassionate. We know we must be patient, follow the health protection guidelines, and be creative in our searching. Since we are all in this together, it is only together that we can conquer the darkness of the pandemic. You must encourage and protect me, and I have the same duty to protect, care for and encourage you. A poet, Mariah June, put it this way: “I reach out my hands in the utter darkness, waiting to feel yours hold onto mine, and lead me, back into the light.”

By Judy Kramer, OSB