The Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery

Welcome to St. Paul's Monastery

We are a community of 37 Sisters, 2 Benedictine Associates, 185 Oblates, family and friends. We belong to a Federation of Benedictine Communities located throughout the world. Our life consists of prayer and service. We work in schools, parishes, nursing homes and our Benedictine Retreat Center which offers retreats and spiritual direction. Maple Tree  Monastery Childcare Center is located on our campus. We support the spiritual growth of people of all faith traditions and help them find God in their daily life. Please join us for prayer, programs, retreats or special events. All are welcomed as Christ. My motto as the 11th Prioress of St. Paul’s Monastery is, “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart.” Rule of St. Benedict: Prologue.

                                                                              Sister Paula Hagen, OSB, Prioress

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Upcoming Events

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina Retreat

Friday, Aug. 12, 7pm - Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1pm

S. Virginia Matter OSB

Experience a time of profound silence and praying the Scriptures as you enter into deeper relationship with God and self. Blends a rhythm of centering prayer, lectio divina, and prayer with the monastic community.

$375 includes
$375 includes lodging and meals
$150 thru Sunday only


New Exhibit- On Community: A Collaboration of Women Artists Opens June 8th !

Over the last year a circle of women artists has been gathering regularly for conversation and reflection on the theme of community, a central value of the Benedictine monastic tradition. These women, bringing their perspectives from different religious traditions, have been exploring their own and their shared interpretations of community, and have created original works of art that communicate their discoveries.

Join the artists and the Sisters for a reception

Wednesday, June 8th ,  7:00 - 8:30pm.

Refreshments will be served.



Current Exhibit

Word and Image Exhibit


Exhibit open daily

9 am - 6 pm

Exhibit runs thru May 31st.




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Community Day - Community Jubilees

The Community celebrated the jubilees of five Sisters on Sunday, May 1st, who together have served 265 years as Benedictine Sisters. We congratulate:

Sister Rosella Schommer, OSB - 70 years

Sister Carol Rennie, OSB - 60 years

Sister Margaret Kramer, OSB - 60 years

Sister Mary White, OSB - 50 years

Sister LInda Soler, OSB - 25 years

May God continue to bless their journeys.

Sister Mary Courteau recognized for her service as Community Treasurer.

On Wednesday, May 11th, the Community celebrated an Appreciation Luncheon for Sister Mary for her over 14 years as Community Treasurer. Many shared their beautiful stories of working with Sr. Mary including four Prioresses who have had the privilege of Sr. Mary's wisdom and leadership.

Welcome to the Benedictine Community!

On Saturday, May 14th, we welcomed 7 men and women to our Community as Oblates. We celebrated their final oblation at the Vigil for Pentecost.

Our newest Oblates are: Michael Kassner, Gwen Odney, Annette Doepner, Carmen Nielsen, Elizabeth Pangerl, David "Mike" Rowe, and Paul Tillman.
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Sister Story

Sister Laverne Hudalla and Sister Marie Fujan have shared their story and insights with Sister Story. Sister Story is a national campaign aimed at broadening awareness of Catholic sisters.

To watch Sister Laverne Hudalla click here.

To watch Sister Marie Fujan click here.

To watch Sister Virginia Matter click here.

To watch Sister Louise Inhofer click here.


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The Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery

Today, 37 Sisters live at St. Paul's Monastery.  We work and pray together, care for one another and those in need. We are dedicated to receiving all as Christ and providing a place where everyone can discover peace and meet God through prayer, reflection and serving those in need.

Our foremost ministry is prayer. We pray in community three times a day and also spend time in private reflection and prayer. You are invited to join us for our liturgical celebrations. In addition, the Community currently sponsors two ministries: the Benedictine Center and Maple Tree Monastery Childcare Center. Furthermore, the Sisters engage in their personal ministries in schools, parishes and local non-profits.


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