Whitby Gift Shop Now Offering Curbside Pick-Up!

We are still closed to visitors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy some of your favorite items from Whitby Gift Shop because we are now offering curbside pick-up! You can purchase items from 12–4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. If there is something you would like to purchase, click "Learn More" for directions on how to place an order. Thank you for supporting our sister artisans during this time!


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

Happy Fourth of July!

This weekend is definitely a time to pray for freedom and justice for all!

Susan Rudolph, OSB


Monastery Musings: June 2020

The June 2020 edition of Monastery Musings is available to read.…

Spirituality Center Receives Literacy Minnesota’s Community Partnership Award

Congratulations to the Spirituality Center, a recipient of one…

Prayer For Justice in Response to George Floyd’s Death

This letter was written by Sister Susan Rudolph, prioress, and…

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 July 3, 2020

This is a light-hearted meditation in a time of sorrow. Millions of people throughout the world are affected by the coronavirus, and the continued threat posed by racism means that many people who populate our planet live in constant fear. Not much to lift the spirit there. Yet, it’s essential to see the good in the world, to appreciate the beauty of nature, to have a treat to look forward to. It’s moments like these which somehow renew our energy and ability to combat all the misery that surrounds us. Just as the body needs food to keep functioning, so our inner selves need joy, beauty, love and happiness to nourish them. To recognize this as a human need is not to diminish the horror that the world contains, but to acknowledge that we need sustenance for the fight. Eat that candy bar! It might be the very thing the whole “you” needs right now.

By Karen Rose, OSB