Volunteering at Saint Benedict's Monastery
The Sisters welcome volunteers to assist them with their monastery services. Following are some of the opportunities available for volunteering:
- Computer assistant
- E-Z-GO driver
- Special Events: registration, dining room service, parking cars, etc.
- Haehn Museum: host or hostess, research assistant, tour guide, cataloguer, data collector, and more.
- Mailing assemblers
- Office assistant
- Lawn and garden partners
- Whitby Gift Shop: sales assistant
- Writer and/or photographer
- Or other skills and talents you wish to share
At this time, Saint Benedict's Monastery has a special need for:
- E-Z-GO driver
- Host or hostess at the Haehn Museum
- Work in the archive department
- Lawn and garden partners--you could even come as a family.
For more information about how to become part of the Volunteer Program at Saint Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, contact:
S. Jean Schwartz, OSB
Volunteering at Saint Scholastica Convent
In addition, the Sisters need volunteers at Saint Scholastica Convent, their retirement and assisted living center in St. Cloud, Minn. Child visitors are welcome and encouraged. Following are some of the opportunities available at Saint Scholastica:
- Visiting with the Sisters
- Sharing musical talents
- Reading to Sisters
- Playing a variety of games
- Pet therapy
- Plant care
- Assisting at meals
At this time, Saint Scholastica Convent has a special need for:
- Helper with the sacristy working with plants in the chapel
- Office work and filing
- Driver to medical appointments
- Outdoor visits with Sisters in wheelchairs
- Assisting at meals and helping with dishes
- Visiting with and reading to Sisters
- Spanish speakers to visit and read to Sisters
- Twainese, Chinese, Japanese or Korean speakers to assist Sisters with computer work
- Performing music for Sisters
For more information about volunteering at Saint Scholastica, contact:
S. Marina Schlangen, OSB
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is an organization in St. Cloud that provides us with a number of volunteers for large jobs like mailings. You can link to them directly below. Just indicate that you want to be a volunteer for Saint Benedict's Monastery! We also partner with United Way of Central Minnesota.
For the last seven years, Louise Siefermann has
been sharing her
gift of music--playing guitar and singing--with the Sisters at Saint Scholastica Convent. She saw an ad in the St. Cloud Times asking for volunteers, and Sister Shirley Frandup, volunteer coordinator at the time, asked Louise to entertain the Sisters in the Community Room. Louise says that her reward in serving the Sisters is seeing their eyes light up and their faces shine with smiles as they sing or hum along, or just listen to the music. When she first began volunteering, she brought along her two youngest grandchildren who sang with Grandma and loved to visit with the Sisters. She has a picture of them sitting on the lap of Sister Angella Dingman and visiting with Sister Walburga Dingman.
In the last year Louise has begun visiting with the Sisters in their rooms, playing and singing
old familiar tunes. She also plays German tunes, and has found a number of Sisters who enjoy singing along in the language they know from childhood. In addition, she has begun helping in the laundry, folding clothes and returning them to the Sisters’ rooms.
At the age of ten, Louise began taking guitar and accordion lessons from one of the Benedictine Sisters at New Munich. As an adult she worked as an LPN at St. Cloud Hospital for 36 years, taking care of the new moms in the maternity ward. She became acquainted with the Sisters working there, and especially remembers Sister Mary Dominic Eickhoff who was in charge of the labor room, and Sister Loraine Bischof, among others.
Louise also volunteers at the Salvation Army, plays guitar once a week for the adult day care program at Talahi Nursing Home and does blood pressure checks at Benedict Village.
Louise and her husband Martin, who is retired from Bankers Systems, live in St. Cloud, and have been members of St. Augustine’s Parish
for 48 years. She also volunteers at the parish as a greeter and helps with funeral lunches. They are the parents of five children, three boys
and two girls, who all live in the area. Their family also includes nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.