The Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery

Welcome to St. Paul's Monastery

( Video of the Community)

We are a community of 38 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


Upcoming Events

Lent - Time for Prayer and Reflection

Feb.10 - March 23 ,2016

The Rule of St. Benedict (Chapter 49) states: "Although the life of a monk ought to have about it at all times the character of Lenten observance, yet since few have the virtue for that, we therefore urge that during the actual days of Lent, all keep their lives most pure and at the same time wash away during these holy days all negligences of other times. And this will be worthily done if we restrain ourselves from all vices and give ourselves up to prayers with tears, to reading, to compunction of heart and to abstinence."

As we strive to live our Lent with each other in Community, we welcome guests to join us for communal prayer, Mass, and offer space for personal quiet and prayer. The Sisters pray morning, miday and evening daily. Call 651-777-8181 or go to the Monastery website. Please call before coming to verify schedule.


Benedictine Center:

Current Exhibit:

Seeing God: 2016 Juried Exhibit of Sacred Art
Exhibit open 9am-6pm daily

Closes March 4,2016
All are welcome to the exhibit of the 2016 juried exhibit, featuring the work of over forty local artists working in various mediums.

(Picture above:  3rd place - Compassion by Barbara Bend)


Embracing the Holy Time of Lent

Sunday, February 7th

4:00- 6:00 pm

Peter Watkins

Cost $30 includes supper

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Great Conversation: The Spirituality of Sustainability

Thursday, February 11th

9 am - 1 pm

Jeff Dols

Freewill offering

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Celebrating the Mass Closing the Year of Consecrated Life at St. Paul's Cathedral

 On Sunday, Janaury 31st, seven community members joined others at St. Paul's Cathedral for the Mass celebrating the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life. Reverend Harry J. Flynn was the Celebrant and gave the homily, sharing his wisdom and appreciation for those called to the consecrated way of life. The Archdiocese also honored the 2016 Jubilarians -  for their 25 year to 75 years of  service. Sister Rosalla Schommer (70 years) and Sister Linda Soler (25 years) were present at the celebration.  The community will celebrate with our five jubilarians later this year.


Open Door Discernment Retreat

This past weekend (January 29-30), Linda Anderson, Vocation Director, with representatives from five other religious organization co-facilitated a discernment retreat for anyone who is discerning God's will for their lives. Eight participants came to the Provincial House for the Sisters of St. Joseph, Friday night and during the day on Saturday. They experienced a variety of prayer experiences, including taize prayer, lectio divina, soul prayer collage and Mass.They also heard, from each representative of the organizations, a presentation on the foundational voices of their chrism. The theme for the third co-sponsored  retreat was" Listening with Compassion in the Year of Mercy". The retreat  reflected the beautiful workings of the Holy Spirit.


Sisters host 4 women from China.

The Sisters hosted the four women chaperones of a group of 18 students and 6 chaperones from China who came to visit and shadow students and teachers at Hill- Murray School. They visited from Janaury 16 through January 27. All enjoyed the time they had to shares stories and hear about another culture and their daily lives. 


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 Order of St. Benedict

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The Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery

Today, 38 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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