The Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul's Monastery

Welcome to St. Paul's Monastery


We are a community of 39 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

Benedictine Center:   


  Deepening Engagement: A New Book Signing
   Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 - 8:30pm
         Dr. Diane Millis

      Please Register online

                     (No Cost)                                         Books will be available for purchase.                          

Moving Line: Learning to Draw as Spiritual Practice
Mondays, 7 -9 pm

( Nov. 2, 9, and 16)

Lara Hanson, Artist
Cost $ 90 includes Materials

Please Register Online

The three-session drawing experience will include a short talk, hands-on experience, as well as supportive conversation. All levels of experience welcome. Material provided.

Monastery Events:

Visiting Women's Religious Communities

Saturday, Oct. 17th

8 am - 6 pm

Visit 4 Catholic Religious Communities; Benedictine Sisters (St. Paul's Monastery), School Sisters of Norte Dame, Sisters of St. Joseph, and Visitation Monastery. Meet, learn, share meals, and pray with Catholic Sisters. If interested, contact: 651-696-2873 or email


Oblate Sunday

Listen: Prologue to the Rule of Benedict

Sunday, Oct. 18th

1 - 3 pm

Sister Carol Rennie, OSB

Tod Twist, OblSB

Sr. Carol and Tod will guide Oblates through the Prologue- the beginning of the Rule. "Listen" is the first word of the Rule. St. Benedict knew that listening with open hearts and minds is a measure of our unity or separation from God. How does this practice look in practice? What guidance does St. Benedict offer us in his rule?


Coming Soon:       


Christmas at the Monastery 2015
Saturday, Dec. 12th 
 4 - 7 pm

                            For More Information


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 The Monastery's E- Newsletter provides additional stories and details for you.

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September Highlights

Papal Visit to United States

The Sister spent hours being inspired watching the travels of Pope Francis. "Trust the Holy Spirit. Recognize that God is at work in the world. Treasure the little daily gestures that show love within a family." The Pope's message announced  the love, compassion and mercy we receive from God. His actions spoke even stronger words. We must commit to living the Gospel values every day.


Hill- Murray Students Visit Health Care Center


12 students from Hill-Murray School visited our Sisters to spend time getting to know the Sisters. Laughter and story-telling and playing games brought the space alive! Some of the students made popcorn for everyone and others enjoyed a walk with some of the Sisters to the Fatima Shrine. 

These visits are a definite highlight for the Sisters.

More pictures of the day are available  on ourFacebook page.


Oblate Annual Retreat and Renewal of Commitment

A new year of  ongoing formation and community building  began for the Oblates of St. Paul's Monastery  with the Annual Retreat and the Renewal of their commitment to live  as  
Benedictine Oblates.
On Saturday, September 26th, 53 Oblates came to hear and reflect on the Benedictine practice of Hospitality. Father Michael Peterson from St. John's Abbey facilitated the retreat. He also gifted all with his musical talents by playing the flute to enrich the experience of reflection.
"Having Open Hands" and "Being Open for Business" were a couple of the phrases that some Oblates stated they would carry with them into their lives.
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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(Rule of St. Benedict)

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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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