Saint Benedict's Monastery maintains a physical archive and, more and more, online digital archives for use by scholars, genealogists and the general public to learn more about the lives of Benedictine women in the 19th century to the present day. Those needing to visit the physical resources of the Archives are encouraged to contact Sister Mariterese Woida, whose information is listed below.

Vivarium is an on-line source of digitized collections of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University housed at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. It includes manuscripts, rare books, photographs, artwork and videos.

The archive staff at the Saint Benedict's Monastery have documented their history and mission on the Vivarium network with more than 500 artifacts dating from 1857. The Vivarium collection includes the first 50 years of their founding in Minnesota, the history of their chapels, the first 50 years of the College of Saint Benedict, the first 75 years of services in health care, the art of Sister Thomas Carey, OSB, and more. We are adding more materials to it every year.


Recently, the archive staff have begun to upload videos to our Youtube channel. This is an ongoing project, so keep checking back to learn more about our community's history.

Minnesota Reflections has also published some digitized films from the monastery's collection which you can view here.


The Archives is located on the lowest level of the 1983 addition to Sacred Heart Chapel. A receptionist in the Gathering Place directs visitors to the Archives.

Hours: 8 -11:15 a.m.; 1-4 p.m. Monday thru Friday

Appointments are preferred.

For more information, contact:

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S. Mariterese Woida, OSB