Ordinary Women: Writing Stories of Extraordinary Love, Endurance, and Creativity

Many of us are blessed to have in our lives ordinary women who never made headlines, won prizes, or had movies made about them. They are our mothers, grandmothers, teachers, aunts, friends. In this writing workshop, we will tell the mostly untold stories of these extraordinary women. This retreat will take place in person Saturdays, October 2, 9, 16.


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

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.” Proverbs 3:13

We’ve reached that time of year when school starts. Here at Saint Benedict’s Monastery, we’re looking forward to welcoming back College of Saint Benedict students to the campus. We ask you to join us in praying for students everywhere that they may listen, learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.

Susan Rudolph, OSB


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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 September 13–17, 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!