Forgiving by Letting Go of Unenforceable Rules

We will explore how our “unenforceable rules” cause us to suffer. Awareness and understanding of this dynamic can help us grow in the ability to forgive, and also in the capacity to “stay with” our experiences—whether our own or that of others. The content will build on the work of Fred Luskin and Bryon Katie.


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

October is upon us. It’s a special month for the sisters. On October 24, we celebrate the dedication of our Sacred Heart Chapel. The sisters who built the Chapel weren’t afraid to take a risk to create something beautiful and lasting which declares to all who visit St. Joseph, Minnesota, “That in all things God may be glorified.” 

Susan Rudolph, OSB


Give to the Max 2021

GiveMN's annual Give to the Max Day will take place Thursday,…

In Loving Memory: Phyllis Plantenberg, OSB

Sister Phyllis Plantenberg entered eternal life on Sunday, October…

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 15, 2021

Today, let us remember the story of Jesus curing the lepers. Ten lepers came to him, and he saw with the eyes of compassion their desire for healing, so he cured them of their suffering, and only one came back to say, “Thank you.” Just as the lepers were ill with leprosy, we too have areas in our lives that need healing. What in your life needs to be healed? Do you have a sharp tongue with family and friends? Are you impatient with others–children and adults? Do you suffer from an addiction to food, alcohol, or gambling? How do these habits affect others in your life? Take time today to sit with Jesus and ask for his healing in whatever areas you need. Find ways in your life to show gratitude to Jesus and to others who have helped you to heal. Remember to say “Thank You!”

By Betty Larson, OSB