Romancing the Word

Join facilitators Sisters Hélène Mercier and Bridgette Powers for four evenings of Lectio Divina where you will experience Romancing the Word: A Monastic Way of Tending the Soul. These virtual gatherings will take place on Thursdays, October 15, 22, 29, and November 5. Please join us!


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 each year, the sisters celebrate the Dedication of Sacred Heart Chapel. This year, because of COVID-19, it will be a much smaller and simpler celebration. That’s a loss, yet there’s also a positive side. In the less-hurried pace of life in fall 2020, thinking about the place of the Chapel in our lives, and remembering the generations of women who have worshiped there, calls us to be thankful for this sacred space in the midst of our community. Why not take some time to reflect on the sacred places and spaces in your life and give thanks ?

Susan Rudolph, OSB

Photo: Interior of Sacred Heart Chapel


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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 October 21, 2020

As we go through life, hopefully we learn to recognize the real but hidden nature of both good and evil. We begin to see that everything is broken and failing, weak and poor, and this can be discouraging until we learn to accept it. This is one of the tasks of maturity and if it is not mastered, a person can have an unhappy life trapped by idealism. If we remember that God dwells with us in our relationships, our churches, our homes and workplaces, we develop the freedom to love imperfect things. As Jesus said to a questioner, “God alone is good” (Mark 10:18). So we cannot wait for things to be perfect to love them, or we will never love anything. Now, instead, we can love everything because of God’s presence.

By Mary Jackle, OSB