SOJOURNERS/NOVITIATE/MEMBERSHIP First Profession Education
Classes for Sister Paz at Catholic Theological Union. Sister Paz is earning a MA in Hispanic Theology and Ministry. She takes two classes a semester.
1 Credit at Catholic Theological Union
1-3 Credit Class at Catholic Theological Union
OR – I'd like to help support Sister Paz's education by donating for classes (type in amount)
Continuing Education Classes
Novice Denise West will take continuing education classes at St. John's School of Theology.
1-3 credit class
OR – I'd like to support Novice Denise West's education by donating for classes (type in amount)
Support for Sojourners 1 Month Stipend for a Benedictine Sojourner
1 Month Medical Insurance for a Benedictine Sojourner
OR – I'd like to help support the sojourner/novitiate programs by donating (type in amount)
Computer for Sojourner
The goal in 2018 is to have more than one sojourner in the program. Therefore we will also need an additional computer for the sojourner.
Computer for sojourner
OR – I'd like to help pay for a computer for a sojourner by donating (type in amount)
Benedictine Experiences—Scholarships. The sisters are designing Benedictine Experiences at the monastery in 2018 in which single Christian women can come to meet the sisters and explore life at the monastery. The sisters offer these experiences at a discount of 30-50% off the cost of meals and room at the retreat and guest house. Scholarships help provide support so women can visit the monastery and get to know the sisters' community.
Scholarships – I'd like to support the Benedictine Experiences program by donating for scholarships (type in amount you wish to donate).
Nearly 16,000 people visited the monastery in 2017. Scheduling these visits, which include bedrooms, meals and meeting rooms, consumes a lot of staff time. We are hoping to switch to a more automated system that allows guests to see availability online and schedule when they come. We have been transitioning to a Customer Relationship Management system over the last year and hope to add more reservation and email capabilities to this system.
Online scheduling for Retreat & Guest House and Hermitages
Upgrade to email system
OR – I'd like to help purchase technology for the guest services staff by donating (type in amount)
SUNDAY ASSEMBLY 25 Note Choir Chime Set 25 Note Choir Chime Set
A Single Chime
Presider Stole Presider Stole
OR – I'd like to help pay for a presider stole by donating towards its purchase (type in amount)
Facebook Advertising to Promote Sunday Assembly
It is estimated that there are more than 350,000 Facebook users in Dane County alone. Facebook advertising can help attract like-minded people to the monastery and Sunday Assembly.
Facebook Advertising ($50/month)
OR – I'd like to help pay for Facebook ads by donating (type in amount)
Children's Ministry and Childcare I'd like to help pay for books and toys for Children's Ministry by donating towards their purchase (type in amount)
Summer Program/Events for Children & Youth on Benedictine Spirituality
Summer program/events for ten children & youth on Benedictine spirituality. Expenses to cover costs of materials, guest facilitator ($300), lunch, snacks, facility use
One day event
OR – I'd like to sponsor a child at $50
OR – I'd like to help fund this program by donating (type in amount)
OBLATES Scholarships to attend Oblate retreats Oblate Scholarships
OR – I'd like to help support scholarships for oblates by donating (type in amount)
WISDOM PRAIRIE/GROUNDS Trail Development 100 Feet of Trail
OR – I'd like to help pay for trail development by donating (type in amount)
Main elements will include a map, introductory kiosk with information on the history of the monastery and the sisters, Benedictine values, signs along the trails, smart phone access to information and videos and an orientation video.
Interpretive Program elements
OR – I'd like to help pay for the Interpretive Program development by donating (type in amount)
BCS Tractor with Cultivator and Brush Mower – Professional grade walk behind tractor. Cultivator attachment to be used in sisters' garden. Brush mower attachment used to mow heavy vegetation, small trees and shrubs. Cost is $7,000, already have $3,200 donated.
OR – I'd like to help purchase the tractor and attachments by donating (type in amount)
Bobcat Utility Vehicle—Small truck with two seats and large tires that is easier on the soil than a standard pickup truck. The low-impact vehicle used for transporting people, tools and supplies into natural areas.
OR – I'd like to help purchase the utility vehicle by donating (type in amount)
Bush Hog Mower—Eliminate hand cutting of honeysuckle and buckthorn. The mower would be used in many areas where a narrow width is better for mowing trails. Huge labor savings!
OR – I'd like to help pay for a Bush Hog Mower by donating (type in amount)