Thank You, College of St. Scholastica Volunteers!

Jan Lottig Volunteers Leave a Comment

We were blessed to have a large student volunteer group from the College of St Scholastica this past Friday night and Saturday. The students who are on a spring break service trip arrived by bus at 11:00 pm on Friday night—straight from Duluth, Minnesota. After a brief welcome and orientation, the students settled in with their sleeping bags and gear—all over the Gathering Area. Although they knew that breakfast was served starting at 7:00 am the next morning, I understand that many were up until 3:00 or 4:00 am (Youth!).  Many attended Morning Prayer on Saturday after which Sisters Mary David, …

The Value of Volunteers at Holy Wisdom Monastery

Mike Sweitzer-Beckman Benedictine Bridge, Volunteers Leave a Comment

The contribution of the many volunteers at Holy Wisdom Monastery on a daily basis helps make the Monastery function. There is so much life that goes beyond the work of the monastic community and co-workers. Volunteering at Holy Wisdom Monastery fits in well with the core Benedictine values that the sisters profess to live, especially building community. On a typical day this spring, you will find volunteers cleaning the new bamboo floors, conducting a prairie burn to help restore it to pre-settlement conditions and planting the vegetable garden. The volunteers are a vital part of everyday life at the monastery. In 2001, the Conference …

Care for the Earth: A Longstanding Monastery Tradition

Neal Smith Benedictine Bridge, Care for the Earth, Volunteers Leave a Comment

Care of the earth is nothing new at Holy Wisdom Monastery. As the story goes, three sisters went into the countryside outside of Madison in the early 1950s looking for a site suitable for a new Benedictine monastery. They had come from Sioux City, Iowa at the invitation of the first Bishop of the Madison diocese. What they found was a hilltop in the country with an unparalleled vista of the Madison skyline. After saying a few prayers and burying medals of St. Benedict, they set out to acquire the land. Once they tracked down the current owner, they negotiated for the 42.5 acres …