To uphold the world in prayer
The heart of our campus is the monastery of the Sisters of St. Benedict. This is our home. Here we cradle the world in prayer and welcome all as Christ.
Our lives of service
We are a community of monastic women, followers of a way of life that has leavened the world for 1500 years. As a community we share life up close and personal. We live as one and rub shoulders daily. We share a common table and pray together three times each day. We meet to make decisions and use our gifts to serve one another and others. Some sisters live their monastic life away from the monastery where they also minister by nursing and teaching.
Together, we follow a rule of life which St. Benedict wrote in the 6th century. The life outlined in the Rule is a way for ordinary Christians to live a relationship with God and others in an extraordinary way.
A Living Tradition
Benedict of Norcia, Italy (480-547) wrote what he called A Little Rule for Beginners in which there was to be “nothing harsh, nothing burdensome”. Although his rule was originally for monastic communities of men and women, it is equally applicable to anyone who is “truly seeking God” and who wants to make Christ the centre of their lives. Benedict based his teaching on the scriptures and the monastic tradition he had inherited from the past. Yet he adapted it to the needs of people in his own day. He invited his followers to live “with the Gospel as their guide” with a listening heart, open to the call of the Spirit.
That invitation still resonates today at St. Benedict’s on the Red.
The monastery with it's iconic chapel is the centre of the entire campus because it is from the monastic life, with its heartbeat of prayer, that we extend hospitality to both retreat and conference centre guests and St. Benedict's Place residents.
The rhythm of prayer, both individual and communal, is an essential element of Benedictine life. The community celebrates the Liturgy of the Hours (Opus Dei) three times daily - morning, noon and evening. This prayer is “a recurring sign of the monastery’s unity with Christ.”
Daily the sisters engage in the spiritual practice called Lectio Divina. This is a tradition of pondering the Word of God and involves reading a short passage slowly and attentively and listening for a word that touches you in some way. Next we repeat that word as if savouring its flavour and then dialogue with God about it. Finally we simply rest in the Word.
“Lectio Divina is the principal nourishment for individual and communal prayer.”
It is our practice on weekday mornings to maintain quiet from the time of rising until 9:00 am for reflective personal prayer.
Each month the sisters have a quiet day as a community. On Solitude Sunday there is silence, time for rest, personal prayer and two hours of adoration. You are welcome to join us.
Morning prayer: Sunday 10 am; Monday-Friday 8:30 am; Saturday 9 am
Daily: 11:50 am
Evening prayer: 5 pm (except Wednesday)
Times may change - call ahead if you are planning to attend
We also participate in the Eucharist and all are welcome to join us.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9 am
Weekends: either Saturday 7 pm or Sunday 11 am (call the monastery for times)
Our mission is to live the gospel through contemplative living in community, hospitality and service
Ora et labora (pray and work)
Benedict viewed prayer and work as partners, and believed in combining contemplation with action. The Latin phrase ora et labora expresses the need to balance prayer and work in monastic settings. At our monastery we have responded to various calls of the Church and the world by:
Building rural hospitals
Staffing parochial, private and public schools
Administering personal care homes
Establishing an academy for girls
Providing pastoral care in parishes and personal care homes
Providing religious instruction in person and through correspondence
Serving as homemakers
Ministering as retreat directors and spiritual guides
Providing leadership in prayer, spirituality and liturgy
We are happy to continue serving through spiritual formation, education and health care at St. Benedict’s Retreat and Conference Centre and St. Benedict’s Place for Independent Living.
Serving Manitoba for more than a century; read of that history.
Meet the Sisters who have dedicated their lives to service.
Consider your call: experience the life
In a small Benedictine community living a life of prayer, community and service, with an emphasis of spiritual guidance, welcoming mature women to dare with us to continue a monastic presence in Winnipeg