"Good Zeal: Benedict's Teaching on Love"

Take some time for yourself this summer to join the monastic community for this virtual retreat led by Sister Mary Forman! We will look at key attitudes and practices in the Rule of Benedict and focus on RB 72 and its relationship to practices of good zeal: e.g., prayer, silence, obedience and hospitality. The retreat takes place Sunday, July 18, through Friday, July 23.


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

After Pentecost, we entered the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. In the US, daily life is becoming a little more ordinary, too, as COVID restrictions ease. We’ve come through an extraordinary time and, in some parts of the world, that’s sadly still the case. All of us have been affected by COVID-19 in some way. Let’s use this season to reflect on the lessons the pandemic has taught us and to pray for all those whose lives have been changed forever by it.

Susan Rudolph, OSB


Spirituality Center●Studium Offerings: July 2021

“Good Zeal: Benedict’s Teaching on Love” Conference…

Catholic Cares Coalition Letter to President Biden

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Monastery Musings: May 2021

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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.

Weekly Meditation for June 7–11, 2021

Our writers are taking a break for the summer and will return in the fall. In the meantime, we will be sharing a reflective verse from Scripture every Monday. Blessings to you!