Saint Benedict’s Monastery maintains a physical and digital archive 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. Inquiries should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The archive staff uploads videos to our YouTube channel. This is an ongoing project, so keep checking back to learn more about the community’s history. You can also view digitized films that have been submitted to Minnesota Digital Library (Minnesota Reflections).
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.
The Archives houses documents, photographs, sound and video recordings and motion picture film. The ongoing oral history program has, at present, approximately 600 transcriptions of audio tapes of interviews with sisters and lay associates.
The materials are descriptive of religious life and ministries of the sisters of Saint Benedict’s Monastery from the 19th century until the present. Although the sisters have had a presence in more than 100 places, those for which there are a significant number of records include the following:
From the Chronicles
From the Chronicles: August 20, 1967
“Boys’ Reunion was held for the second time. A special Mass and banquet were had for them. Sister Inez gave her lecture on the Ainu Indians for them in the afternoon.”
In 1897, Bethlehem Boarding School for Little Boys opened at the monastery. It was transferred to St. Bede Priory in Altoona, Wis., in 1938 and later to St. Bede Priory in Eau Claire, Wis., in 1948.