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Coping in These Times

The rising count of positive COVID cases and deaths in Minnesota makes me wonder about the feelings around words like “everlasting” and “How long, O Lord? How long?” We are not the only ones! Already in the fourth century before Christ, Aristotle philosophized about how being social was central to being human. And even longer […]

New Blog: “Coping in These Times”

Blog Title: Coping in These Times Author: Renée Domeier, OSB Genesis 2:18 tells us something we have come to learn, especially after this past year of social distancing and not gathering with one another: “It is not good to be alone!” In today’s blog, Sister Renée Domeier encourages us to serve, act and experience as […]

Whitby Gift Shop Adjusted Hours

Whitby Gift Shop will be open during the St. Joseph Spring Fling on May 13, 14 and 15. We will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Come visit! We have a large variety of items for sale, many handmade by the sisters. If you have any questions or need directions to our […]

Job Opportunities!

If you are searching for a work environment where respect, compassion, gratitude, and peace flourish, look no further! Join our compassionate teams at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph and Saint Scholastica Convent in St. Cloud! We are currently hiring for the following positions: Certified Nursing Assistants – Saint Scholastica Convent As part of a […]

Spirituality Center●Studium Offerings: June 2021

“Cut It Back and It Will Grow Again” Conference Retreat with the Monastic Community This optimistic phrase is the motto of the Benedictine Monastery of Montecasino, Italy. As Benedictines, we are encouraged to be a resilient individual living in a resilient community. The theme of this retreat uses the wisdom of the Rule to learn […]

Flowers Frozen Solid

T’was springtime. At least that’s what the calendar proclaimed. The frigid air greeted full blast as the winds made known the need of winter wardrobe upon this morning’s walk. I marched to the tune of “April showers bring May flowers,” but the only flowers round me were those stuck all solid like within the ground. […]

New Blog: “Saint Catherine of Siena”

Blog Title: Saint Catherine of Siena Author: Mary Jane Berger, OSB On April 29, we celebrated the Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena. In today’s blog, Sister Mary Jane Berger reflects on the lives of Saint Catherine and other saints who lived with hope and promise, even in the most difficult circumstances. Check our website […]

New Blog: “Flowers Frozen Solid”

Blog Title: Flowers Frozen Solid Author: Kathleen Kjolhaug, OblSB The calendar proclaims that it’s springtime, but up until recently, we’ve continued to see snow falling from the sky. In today’s blog, oblate Kathleen Kjolhaug reflects on the many blessings of spring, especially for those of us from the tundra of the North! Check our website […]

Saint Catherine of Siena

This blog was written on Thursday, April 29, the Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena. Today is the Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena. Some of the stories of saints are so fascinating. I remember as a kid loving to hear about the active lives of St. George and the Dragon or St. Joan of […]


I had settled down in the comfortable recliner in the hermitage to read my prayer reflection book, or so I thought. God had other plans for me during the next few minutes. From where I sat, the sun was shining brightly through a window making it nearly impossible to read because of the reflection it […]