Entries by Amanda Motz

New Blog: “Why Do We Keep Coming?”

Blog Title: Why Do We Keep Coming? Author: Charles Preble, OblSB What is it about Saint Benedict’s Monastery that keeps you coming back? In today’s blog, Oblate Charles Preble explores the many reasons people visit our sacred place. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday to read new blogs written by sisters, oblates and other monastery […]

Why Do We Keep Coming?

Why do we keep coming? Somehow you felt a nudge. Something inexplicable. Augustine said it is as if God has placed a salt within us that draws us Godward: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in You.” So many of us are drawn to Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Folks travel hundreds and even thousands of […]

New Blog: “Breakthrough”

Blog Title: Breakthrough Author: Renée Domeier, OSB Sisters Patricia Ostrander and Helenette Baltes have been close friends for over 63 years, and recently, Sister Renée Domeier has watched their friendship grow on a deeper level through the act of writing poetry. She reflects on this beautiful act of expression and how it has touched the […]


Sister Helenette Baltes and Sister Pat Ostrander have been close friends for over 63 years. Several times I have sat with them to witness their beautiful expression of love, searching and writing poetry. Helenette, though unable to write—at almost 104—is full of poetry and surprises that Pat catches as she sits eagerly waiting—though without pressure—for […]

Sister Janine Braun Featured in Melrose Beacon

Sister Janine Braun, a teacher at Sacred Heart School in Freeport, Minn., was featured in an article published by the Melrose Beacon. In this article, titled “Sr. Janine blessed to be an educator,” S. Janine discusses the story of her Benedictine vocation, her life in community and her love of teaching. She sums up her […]

Job Opportunities

We have a variety of available opportunities to join our compassionate teams at Saint Benedict’s Monastery and Saint Scholastica Convent! We are currently hiring for: Certified Nursing Assistants Cook/Baker Cook/Baker Food Services Assistant/Dining Nursing Team Support Wellness Activity Assistant Wellness Activity Assistant Click any of the position titles above to learn more or apply!

October Offerings at the Spirituality Center●Studium

Join the Spirituality Center●Studium at one of our October programs or retreats! Artistic Tools for Meditation Three ways of artistic means to meditation will be presented and practiced. The first session picks up on the popular trend of adult coloring. The second session will be devoted to Bible journaling, involving both coloring and drawing. Lastly, […]


Parades…when I watch them…I cry. While standing on main as the parade passes by, tears fall. They have for many a year now. It’s just a day after the 4th of July, and friend sent a video of this very thing. A neighborhood out east had gathered. If I recollect correct like, the lineup totaled […]


Recently, I participated in an evening of prayer and reflection with 16 college women and 10 sisters. The title of the retreat was Finding Love in Yourself. The reflection leader was a woman from the College of Saint Benedict. During one reflection, she led us through an exercise of relaxing our bodies and clearing our […]