Monastery Building Campaign: Closing the Gap!

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It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since the “Restore the Land, Renew Your Spirit” building campaign began. Under very challenging economic conditions, more than $1.1 million has been raised toward the $2 million goal. Since last fall, campaign donors met not one, but two $100,000 matching gifts. This generous outpouring of support is truly inspiring and a testament to the commitment of more than 870 people. Between now and the end of the campaign on December 31, 2010, the work of the Benedictine Life Foundation and everyone connected with Holy Wisdom Monastery is clear: get as close as we possibly can to our $2 million goal.

After that, attention will turn toward new ways to ensure a financially sustainable future for Holy Wisdom Monastery. “Any additional funds raised by year end will help define the required future actions,” says Sister Mary David Walgenbach, OSB, prioress.

If you have already donated to the campaign, thank you!  Please do give again by year end if you can. If you have not yet contributed please do so soon. The names of all campaign donors whose gifts come in by December 31 will be included on a recognition piece in the gathering area sometime next spring. To make a one-time or recurring gift by credit card click here. Checks can be made payable to the Benedictine Life Foundation and mailed to PO Box 5070, Madison WI 53705-0070 (be sure to indicate your gift is for the campaign). Pledges of up to five years are also welcome.

If you have questions about the campaign, contact Meg Nelson, director of development at or 608-836-1631 x120.

Thank you for your loyal and generous commitment to weaving prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth into a shared way of life. Your past and future support is a blessing on Holy Wisdom Monastery and the greater Madison community.

“I have always shared the sisters’ commitment to caring for the earth. So supporting the construction of a new monastery building that was more efficient and sustainable was an easy decision to make. Seeing the growth in Sunday Assembly and the interest of the greater Madison area in all that goes on at the monastery has been a joy to behold!”

– Jan Summers

“The Monastery, the Benedictine Women of Madison, and Sunday Assembly have become a joyful part of our lives since we moved to Madison. I didn’t think we could find a place that fed our souls so well. Helping to support the new building project is a way of acknowledging the significant place it has in our lives. It also gives us an opportunity to make it more likely that other people will experience the welcome and joy we have felt in making the Monastery our spiritual home.”

– Grant Sovern

“I supported the building campaign because I greatly admire the sisters’ ecumenical work as well as their care for the earth. The new ‘green’ monastery represents the best of both.”

– Anonymous

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