Join us for daily prayer

Daily Liturgy of the Hours and centering prayer are held in the oratory on the lower level of the monastery building.



Liturgy of the Hours

  • Morning Prayer:  Sun – Sat, 8:00 am
  • Midday Prayer:    Mon – Fri, 11:45 am
  • Evening Prayer:   Sun– Sat, 4:30 pm


Centering prayer

  • Tuesday – Saturday, 7:35 am
  • Tuesday – Friday, 4:55 pm



Prayer requests

Participate in other prayer opportunities

In addition to the daily Liturgy of the Hours of the monastic community, opportunities for evening centering prayer groups and Taizé prayer are offered by Sunday Assembly members and oblates.



Centering prayer groups

  • Wednesday nights, 7:00-8:00 pm

Centering prayer groups meet in room 10 (St. Benedict Room) in the lower level of the retreat & guest house.



Taizé prayer

  • Typically the last Friday of each month, October – April, 7:30-9:00 pm

Taizé prayer is held in the oratory in the lower lever of the monastery.  Please check our events calendar to confirm the date and time each month.




For more information about prayer at the monastery, contact Lynn Lemberger at llemberger@benedictinewomen.org, 608-836-1631, x138.


Daily prayer

The community at Holy Wisdom gathers for prayer five times each day. We begin and end our day with communal centering prayer. Also in the morning, midday and evening we gather for communal prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours. The heart of this monastic prayer is the sung and recited psalms.

In addition to psalms, the Liturgy of the Hours includes hymns, readings from scripture and other writings, and intercessory prayer for all those who have asked for our prayers. Woven throughout are times of silence, space for God’s presence to be experienced.

We invite you to join us for prayer, share your prayer requests with us and to read a variety of blog posts on prayer & worship at Holy Wisdom Monastery.

Centering prayer ~ resting in God

woman sitting in centering prayerCentering prayer is the practice of holding an open, invitational posture towards God. This practice is designed to withdraw our attention from the ordinary flow of thought and open our awareness to the spiritual level of our being.

Centering prayer is a prayer of intention, an intention to surrender ourselves to God’s presence and God’s healing or transforming purpose.

Read more about centering prayer.

Centering prayer groups

Two centering prayer groups meet on alternating Wednesday nights, 7:00-8:00 pm, in the retreat and guest house, room 10. Both incorporate a short reading and time for silent prayer or meditation.

  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month:  includes a short walking meditation in between periods of seated meditation
  • 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesdays of the month:  includes brief shared responses to the reading

Attendance varies from 4 to 14, depending on the night, and all are welcome in both groups. Participants share these affirmations for this opportunity of engaging in centering prayer with others:

We feel the presence of the Holy One even more strongly than when we center by ourselves. … Our prayer has less outward distractions for that hour than if we center at home. … Having the group supports us in our prayer life. 

Centering prayer groups meet in room 10 (St. Benedict Room) in the lower level of the retreat & guest house. Please park behind the retreat & guest house and access room 10 from the lower level door. For more information contact Barb Abbott, 608-284-7424 or Carole Kretschman, 608-233-7390.

Taizé prayer

candles and icons create setting for centering prayerPrayer in the style of Taizé is a ministry of Sunday Assembly and is organized monthly during the academic year. A rich contrast of silence and singing characterizes the prayer.

Taizé prayer services are typically held on the last Friday of the month, October through April, from 7:30-9:00 pm in the monastery oratory. Please check our events calendar to confirm date and time or contact Lynn Lemberger, llemberger@benedictinewomen.org, 608-836-1631, x138. Learn more about Taizé prayer.


Join us for daily prayer

Daily Liturgy of the Hours and centering prayer are held in the oratory on the lower level of the monastery building.



Special Holy Week Schedule


Liturgy of the Hours

  • Morning Prayer:  Sun – Sat, 8:00 am
  • Midday Prayer:    Mon – Fri, 11:45 am
  • Evening Prayer:   Sun– Sat, 4:30 pm


Centering prayer

  • Tuesday – Saturday, 7:35 am
  • Tuesday – Friday, 4:55 pm



Prayer requests

Participate in other prayer opportunities

In addition to the daily Liturgy of the Hours of the monastic community, opportunities for evening centering prayer groups and Taizé prayer are offered by Sunday Assembly members and oblates.



Centering prayer groups

  • Wednesday nights, 7:00-8:00 pm

Centering prayer groups meet in room 10 (St. Benedict Room) in the lower level of the retreat & guest house.



Taizé prayer

  • Typically the last Friday of each month, October – April, 7:30-9:00 pm

Taizé prayer is held in the oratory in the lower lever of the monastery. Please check our events calendar to confirm the date and time each month.




For more information about prayer at the monastery, contact Lynn Lemberger at llemberger@benedictinewomen.org, 608-836-1631, x138.