The Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery

Welcome to St. Paul's Monastery

We are a community of 39 Sisters, 2 Benedictine Associates, 180 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


Upcoming September Events

       Tuesday, September 15th

                 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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Benedictine Spirit

What do Scholastica and Benedict have to teach today?

Sister Paula Hagen, OSB, Prioress

National Retreat Facilitator & Author

Sponsored by Benedictine Center        Fee: $25.00

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August Highlights

Sister Louise Inhofer professed her Perpetual Vows as a Benedictine Sister on July 11th - The Feast Day of St. Benedict

The Community, family and friends gathered at Evening Prayer for the beautiful ritual of Perpetual Vows and continued the evening with a feast day meal and sharing. Pictured: Sister Louise Inhofer, Sister Mary Claire Inhofer, Gayle (Inhofer) Norris and Tommi (Inhofer) Hall.


St. Paul's Monastery - Benedictine Center hosts two events with Sister Meg Funk, OSB

Sister Meg Funk enchanted 60 guests with her presentation on Unceasing Prayer. She compared prayer practices in different religions and she shared her personal experience with those. Listeners were fascinated and spell-bound by her stories.

Sister Meg also led the School of Lectio Divina. The School introduced the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina. Participants experienced an in depth study of the practice with large group discussion and individual guidance.

For information on the February 2016 offering of the School of Lectio Divina, go to Benedictine Center or call 651-777-7251.

Heritage Day celebrated by the Community and guests.

The Federation of St. Benedict in 1988 set aside July 22nd to remember the arrival of our founders to America in 1852. Three Sisters from Bavaria arrived at St. Mary's Pennsylvania to teach German Immigrants. Benedictine Communities grew and spread across the country to fill the need for teachers and health care workers. In 1948, 178 Sisters from St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph MN, relocated to St. Paul, MN to establish St. Paul's Monastery. Pictured are five of the sisters who were part of that group: Sister Richardine Schackmann, Sister Marie Rademacher, Sister Duane Moes and Sister Bertha Karels.

The celebration began with a guided conversation presented by Sister Eleanor Wartman and Sam Rahberg (Benedictine Center Director). The day continued with a blessing at the Cemetery, a festive lunch and an afternoon gathering.

More pictures o f the day are available on our Facebook Page.


Open House brings visitors to St. Paul's Monastery

On Sunday, July 26th, the Community welcomed guests for an Open House. Some of the activites were: view a video; view a slide show; take a guided tour of the Monastery and grounds; meet and share stories with the Sisters.

More pictures of the day are available on our Facebook Page.


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, 39 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.

Links and Resources

The Order of St. Benedict

The Rule of St. Benedict

The Rule of St. Benedict as lived by the Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery

The Federation of Saint Benedict

Alliance for International Monasticim (AIM) - USA

Sisters Online - Sisters internetting for global kinship

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