Sister Initiatives


We offer hospitality and respond to the needs around us through our ministries.

Sister Initiative Mission

Many of the Sisters at St. Paul’s Monastery are involved with ministry outreach to serve the surrounding community as well as internal ministries which serve to support the Community itself.


The purpose of the Alliance for International Monasticism is:

  • To foster alliances and communication between and among monasteries throughout the world, in order to educate one another to local, cultural, and global issues
  • To form linkages among monasteries for the sake of ongoing cooperation and support
  • To strengthen developing communities so that they can make meaningful contributions to the societies in which they exist and to the development of global peace and human community
  • To help first world communities respect, appreciate, and learn from developing monasteries
  • To provide monetary assistance in the form of grants and Mass stipends
  • To provide educational assistance in the form of books and newsletters

CommonBond Communities:

Mission:  CommonBond Communities’ mission is to build stable homes, strong futures, and vibrant communities.

Vision:  Every person has a dignified, affordable home that supports independence and advancement within a flourishing community.

Green Mission Statement:  CommonBond Communities values being a good neighbor and environmental steward.  As a leader in the affordable housing industry, we recognize our responsibility to have a positive impact on our residents, properties, and the greater community.  Our goal is to intentionally promote environmental and financial sustainability across our organization, particularly in the areas of:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Conservation
  • Healthy Environments
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction

CommonBond Communities, the Midwest’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing with services, has served the region for over 40 years.  They develop, own or manage 5,542 affordable rental apartments and townhomes throughout 50 cities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.  Over 9,000 people – including families, seniors, and people with disabilities and other barriers – call CommonBond home.  More than 2,400 of these people are children.

Hill-Murray School:

Sister Jacqueline Leiter – Member of the Hill-Murray Foundation Board; Sister Linda Soler – Campus Ministry Staff

Hill-Murray is a Catholic Benedictine prep school for grades 6-12.  Every day, our students are invited to find a home at Hill-Murray, a place where they are known, respected and loved.  Here, they are encouraged to grow in their faith, in what they know and can do, and in the way they treat themselves, others and the world around them.

Located on a 40-acre site in suburban Maplewood, Hill-Murray High School was formed in 1971 as a coed high school through the merger of Archbishop Murray Memorial High School, a school for girls founded by the Sisters of St. Benedict and Hill High School a school for boys founded by the Christian Brothers.  A middle school was added in 1989 and our name was changed to Hill-Murray School.  Originally founded to provide Catholic education to students living on the east side of St. Paul and inner-ring suburbs, over the last ten years, the school has broadened its demographic base, and now draws from a 40-mile radius, from Forest Lake to the north, Hastings to the south and Hudson, Wisconsin to the east.  The current student population is 760, approximately 80 percent of whom are Catholic and 10 percent are students of color.

At Hill-Murray we are known for our academics.  We are respected for our arts and athletics.  We are loved for our Catholic Benedictine faith community.


Mission:  To advance opportunities for change so that every person can experience safety, hope and healing.

Vision:  Thriving people, healthy relationships, peaceful communities.

What we do:  Tubman helps women, children and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health.  Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelter, legal services, counseling, elder care resources, youth programming and community education while guiding and sustaining individuals and families on the journey from chaos and fear to healing and restoration.

Tubman is the state’s largest provider of domestic violence services, with over 20% of all Minnesota shelter beds for women and children experiencing family violence.

We help more than 30,000 adults and children in Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington Counties and the surrounding area get the support and information they need to reach their full potential for safe, healthy and stable lives.  With a strong focus on research and innovation, building efficiencies, and creating partnerships.  Tubman is a pioneer in best-practice models of mental and chemical health services for women, as well as family violence prevention and intervention.

Saint Therese:

Sister Marie Fujan - Pastoral Ministry at St. Therese at Oxbow Lake;

Sister Lucia Schwickerath - Pastoral Ministry at St. Therese of Woodbury

Mission: Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.

Vision: Grow our senior community with thoughtful intention, driven by compassionate care for the individuals and families we serve.

Saint Therese is a nonprofit, Catholic senior living and care organization born out of a simple mission: do ordinary things with extraordinary love. For 50 years, we have supported Twin Cities’ seniors and their families with innovative programs designed to make life better and more fulfilling. As individual needs change so do our care offerings—all while creating countless opportunities for physical wellness, spiritual connection and social activities.

We have five senior communities in New Hope, Brooklyn Park, Shoreview, Robbinsdale and Woodbury that are rich with thoughtful amenities and support. Our compassionate services also reach seniors living in the broader Twin Cities area through home care, outpatient therapies and wellness programs.

Saint Therese. Making every day extraordinary. To learn more, visit:

Outreach Ministry for the Poor and Marginalized:

Sister Mary White

“The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ”. - Pastoral Constitution of the Church

As Benedictine women, we share in the joys and sufferings of this challenging world.  It is primarily through our community prayer that we hope to extend faith and hope; and in return receive the prayers of others whose own values call them to service.

Along with our daily prayer and the receiving of guests at our monastery, we move out from our home and join others efforts in trying to make available to everyone, the same gifts that God has blessed us with. We never see some of these people at the monastery. Yet their needs are known to us through churches, law enforcement, schools and social service agencies. In our limited way, we provide service and advocacy, especially for the spiritually, materially and socially impoverished. And as we encounter people of various races and cultures and meet them at their point of need, we ourselves receive the inspiration of their strength, courage and gratitude.

Our outreach efforts address the remedial educational needs of youth, those who are new to our country or students who are falling behind. We are a presence in the prison; and we network with other organizations to address domestic abuse, sex-trafficking, hunger, housing, and illegal employment practices.

While our Outreach serves people of all faith traditions—and those who say they have none—we don’t promote any one religion or denomination. Because we believe that our God wishes good things to all people and that God excludes no one, we have no need or desire to discriminate or judge.

Some of the ways that Community Members serve in Ministry within the walls of the Monastery include:

  • Prayer – The Healthcare Center Residents are focused on the Ministry of Prayer and daily pray the Rosary including any prayer requests received by the Sisters.  The Community gathers in prayer three times each day.
  • Work of the Monastery – As in all homes, there are tasks to be done each day for the wellbeing and comfort of the inhabitants.  The Community members volunteer to be responsible for tasks such as clearing, cleaning and stocking the tables in the Dining Room, keeping the common areas of the building in good order and setting out the food for breakfast each morning.  All Sisters and Guests are thankful for the time and effort that is prayerfully given to accomplish these important tasks.
  • Dietary Department – The Community is often blessed by the donation of large quantities of food items such as apples, the Community member come together for times of conversation and work as they help the Dietary staff process and preserve the bounty.

The Sisters serve one another, their staff, and their guests in many ways. Sisters, Benedictine Associates, Oblates, and Volunteers extend Benedictine hospitality by greeting guests at the Reception Desk. Sisters also hold positions in Administration, Building Management, and serve within the Benedictine Center of St. Paul's Monastery.








The Rule of St. Benedict serves as an invitation to open our hearts to God. It summons us to recognize our responsibility in the world and the proper use of resources. Above all, the Rule reminds us of the fundamental value of living our lives in search and service of God, preferring nothing to the love of Christ.