photo by Gregory Bleck

All are welcome!


Join our Sunday Assembly at 9:00 am at Holy Wisdom Monastery where people  from various Christian backgrounds come together to worship.

Sunday Assembly is a unique worshiping community. Influenced by the Benedictine spirit and tradition, we welcome all to worship with us. We embrace unity around an open communion table, in fullness of equality for women and men, and we pray together in inclusive language that draws from the best of the Christian tradition. Members of Sunday Assembly seek God in prayer and worship, community building, social justice practices, ecumenical hospitality and care for the earth consistent with the vision and mission of Holy Wisdom Monastery.

A brief history

In the early 1970s, inspired by Vatican Council II and their experiences of praying with people of other Christian traditions, the Benedictine sisters of Holy Wisdom Monastery began an ecumenical journey. Embracing Christ’s vision “that all may be one,” the sisters began exploring inclusive, participatory worship that affirmed the bonds of Christian unity. With professional staff and liturgical advisors, we developed a simple and welcoming rite for the celebration of Eucharist that extended an open invitation to all.

Our mission

Our mission is to gather for worship, proclaiming and listening to the Word of God and sharing the Bread of Life. Seeing Christ in one another, we offer hospitality to all as we care and serve both within our Sunday Assembly and in our daily lives.


What to expect

We welcome you to our worship! If you are a newcomer, you may wish to know what to expect on a typical Sunday.

We are an open and affirming congregation that reverences the presence of God in one another. In every aspect of our worship we strive to use welcoming, inclusive language that reflects the dignity of each person.

We affirm the full equality of women and men and celebrate their gifts in leadership. You can expect to find people from diverse Christian traditions serving as presiders, preachers, greeters, communion ministers, lectors, in the choir or as instrumentalists. As members of the Sunday Assembly community, we hope that you will consider offering your own gifts with us in worship!



How to connect further

Members and friends of Sunday Assembly, along with visitors and guests of the monastery worship together and share fellowship after Sunday worship.  Opportunities are also available for meals and socials, volunteer work, assemblies and retreats. For more information on any of the items below, please contact Lynn Lemberger, director of worship & music at llemberger@benedictinewomen.org, 608-836-1631, x138.