Discovering Hope in a Fractured World

Where is hope in times like these? Who can show us where hope lives in a world fractured by disease, war, division, and mistrust? To explore these questions, facilitators Becky Van Ness, OblSB, and Emily Wilmer, oblate, will draw on the writings of Julian of Norwich and Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God by Cynthia Bourgeault, concluding with the shared experience of viewing and discussing the film “Babette’s Feast.”

This workshop can be attended in conjunction with Writing to Change the World, One Writer and One Millimeter at a Time. Noon meal is complimentary if you decide to participate in both workshops.


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

On October 24, we celebrate the Anniversary of the Dedication of Sacred Heart Chapel. Every year, we give thanks for our foremothers who took amazing risks to build this beautiful House of God. This year, we  also remember with gratitude our many friends who have made donations to help us maintain and repair the iconic dome of the Chapel. Blessings on you!


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Prayer Requests

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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 October 3, 2022

The month of October is called Respect Life month. The following are some quotes from famous people regarding the gift of life:

  • “Where there is love, there is life.” – Mahatma Gandi
  • “You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.” – Henry Louis Mencken
  • “Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is an adventure. Dare it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it.” – Mother Theresa
  • “May you live every day of your life.” – Jonathan Swift
  • “I am the way, the truth and the life.” – Jesus

Take some time during this month of October to reflect upon your own gift of life, and breathe in God’s loving presence and life into you spirit.

By Joyce Iten, OSB