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Event Items Needed
"Christmas at the Monastery" items needed:

  • Bottles of wine $20 and up.
  • Liquor for silent auction.
  • $25 and $50 gift cards for Mystery Gifts.
  • Silent auction baskets that are experiences, not just items.
  • Handmade items that can be sold at stocking stuffers.
  • Homemade candy and cookies for our sweet Shoppe.

Our Ongoing Initiative
Improve and maintain the technology required to operate and manage the community. Our desire is to strengthen our online presence with targeted outreach via an interactive website and deliver new social media options. Below are examples of some of the associated costs:

  • WEB hosting: $1,400/yr.
  • IT security certificates: $200/yr.
  • IT equipment and systems maintenance and monitoring: $4,000/yr.
  • Tap Analytics (not sure what this is?): $600/yr.
  • Complete the WEB re-design: $18,000
  • Replace obsolete wireless routers: $4,000
  • Fundraising software: $8,000/yr.

Gifts to Strengthen Future Membership
Membership initiative has four goals. It seeks to grow St. Paul’s Monastery by increasing the number of vowed Sisters, Benedictine Associates, and Oblates; share Benedictine spirituality with Hill-Murray School students, faculty and staff; spread Benedictine values through online media:

  • Promotional brochure to extend our invitation to experience Benedictine life at St. Paul’s Monastery: $250
  • Booth Banner with carry case: $350
  • Benedictine promotional items: $250

Everyday items

  • Copy Paper
  • Colored Paper
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Post-it Notes
  • Magic Erasers
  • Clock Radios (BC guest rooms)

Liturgical Needs

  • Daily mass chausable and stoll for ORDINARY TIME (Green) @$750

Give to a Special Project

Emergency Kitchen Remodel
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.

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THE WORD OF OUR FOLLOWERS

I firmly support the good works the Benedictine Sisters do as I’m familiar with the Benedictines as my parents and I originate living close to St. Ben’s in St. Joseph, Minnesota. Thank you so much!

Joan Antastasi