DOLLARS AT WORK
There are many ways to support the Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery.
We Invest Our Resources Wisely
Dear Friends of the Monastery,
Thank you to more than 1,000 friends who made 2,028 contributions between September 1st 2015 and August 31, 2016. We are also grateful for in-kind donations of food, goods, professional services and auction items worth more than $37,900.
Your donations directly support the Sisters and their ministries. When you donate to St. Paul’s Monastery you help the Sisters welcome all as Christ, from Benedictine Center program participants to retreat and event guests. You help Oblates and Benedictine Associates deepen their spirituality and live Benedictine values in their daily life.
You help Sisters attend professional conferences as well as spiritual symposia and religious leadership meetings. You help make with caring for Sisters who need daily assistance – thank you.
Thank you to more than 200 volunteers who gave more than 1,000 hours of their time. From hospitality hosts and cookie bakers to the drivers and event helpers, from committee members to kitchen aids, you have touched the Sisters and their guests in profound ways – thank you.
Give to a Special Project
The kitchen at our Monastery provides cafeteria-style, healthy meals each day to our Sisters as well as visitors who are utilizing our space for workshops, retreats, and spiritual growth. In 2014, we hired a new Dietary Manager who made a strategic shift from a kitchen that heated pre-made, processed foods to a dietary program that makes all meals from scratch. We have also begun receiving five “shares” of food from a local farm Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program, which supplies us with nutritious farm-fresh food weekly during the growing season. These shifts have reduced the sodium that was in the pre-made meals, and increased the quality and nutrition of the food that is served to over 50 people each day. For our Sisters, many of whom are over the age of fifty and rely upon our kitchen for most meals, this is an important shift to improve their health and support healthy aging so they can continue to support community needs.
THE WORD OF OUR FOLLOWERS
We’re standing on holy ground / For the Lord is present / And where He is, is holy. - Christopher Beatty (Holy Ground, song lyrics adapted from Joshua 5:15)Read more
Our community is led by a Prioress. We are part of a worldwide community of Benedictines who honor a tradition nearly 1500 years old. We believe that the divine presence is everywhere (RB 19) and our main ministry is prayer. Our core values include hospitality, community living, stewardship, and reaching out in service.Read more
"To speak of social sin means in the first place to recognize that, by virtue of a human solidarity which is as mysterious and intangible as it is real and concrete, each individual’s (and corporate) sin in some way affects others…Every sin has repercussions on the entire ecclesial body and the whole human family." - Pope John Paul llRead more
THE RULE OF ST.BENEDICT
THE RULE OF ST. BENEDICT
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.