A Letter from the Prioress
Throughout the history of St. Paul’s Monastery, the Sisters of St. Benedict have repeatedly created a sacred space in which to live, work and respond to the current needs and challenges of church and society.
As a monastic community, we are being called to respond in new ways to the vulnerable in our society by sharing our monastery and contemplative life style with our neighbors at the corner of Century and Larpenteur Avenues. As we envision the campus, we see new life and hope being given to women, children and the elderly. We see the campus as a place of service, centered in prayer, hospitality, and shaped by the distinctive Benedictine vision of life in Christ.
In planning for the future, the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Paul’s Monastery have embarked on an incredible, collaborative journey with Tubman and CommonBond Communities while continuing our ministries through the Benedictine Retreat Center, iLLUMINARE, Maple Tree Childcare Center, Ministry of Mothers Sharing, and our efforts to stand with the powerless. This collaboration will make the campus a unique community for women, children, families, seniors and those seeking spiritual renewal. St. Paul’s Monastery will continue to be an authentic expression of a community of monastic women sustained by prayer and centered in the call to serve others for the sake of the Gospel.
We invite you to be part of this endeavor. Thank you for helping us sustain our Benedictine legacy. We are grateful for the way your expertise, involvement, and generosity will help enrich the lives of those who yearn for fullness of life and for those who are most vulnerable in our society.
S. Lucia Schwickerath, OSB