What is the Benedictine Friends Program?
The question, “How can we get to know more sisters?” was the catalyst that began a way for students of the College of Saint Benedict and sisters of Saint Benedict’s Monastery to form friendships over the past 40+ years. Although the program’s name changed from Sisters Across Campus to Prayer Partners to Benedictine Friends, the purpose has stayed the same: to come to know one another by listening to each other with the ear of our hearts as St. Benedict so wisely suggested 15 centuries ago.
Coming to know one another may happen during one-on-one contacts through phone calls, letters, technology, and in non-COVID times, meals and prayers together, as well being present at various events on campus. At other times, planned Benedictine Friends Programs provide both information as well as opportunities for students to get to know one another and other sisters. Frequently, these relationships continue to grow long after graduation through various forms of communication and/or being present at weddings, baptisms and funerals. One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is that the leadership of the Benedictine Friends Program has always been shared by both students and sisters.