Among the Ashes: An Ash Wednesday Morning of Reflection

On Ash Wednesday, February 17, join facilitator Jessie Bazan and other participants for an Ash Wednesday morning of reflection, where you will enjoy some off-screen reflection time and a time of sharing and prayer. This is the perfect start to Lent!


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

If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength.” Proverbs 24:10
Let us all pray for strength to hold fast in this time of trouble. People who support values of peace and democracy must hold together and not lose trust in the power of a loving God.

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 January 15, 2021

In his Rule, Benedict stresses the importance of moderation in all things. In her weekly column, Melanie Svoboda also suggests moderation even in the good things we wish others this New Year. She suggests example of this kind, for example: Peace, but not so much so that we become so complacent and lack concern for those struggling to find peace; Joy, but not to the degree that we lack the heartfelt compassion to grieve with those who are grieving; Love, but not to the measure that we believe we are so perfect that we never have to say: “I’m sorry”; Courage with prudence so that no one is hurt through our recklessness; and lastly Hope, but not the Pollyanna kind that makes light of the pains and challenges others face by telling them to “cheer up” because everything is going to be just fine.

By Lois Wedl, OSB