St. Walburg Monastery

We Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, faithful to our monastic profession, seek God in community, prayer and work.

We celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ and serve him in all God's people, the young and the old, the sick and the poor, the stranger and the guest.

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August 31. Sr. Teresa Wolking (95) died this morning around 3 am. Sr. Teresa was a beloved high teacher and principal, teaching at St. Henry, Holy Cross and Villa Madonna Academy High School. She was particularly gifted at teaching literature and poetry. Her four blood sisters, Srs. Mary Anne, Amelia, Consolata, and Mercedes preceded her in death. Sr. Charles Wolking is the last Wolking sister at St. Walburg Monastery. Funeral arrangements are pending.


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In celebration of  the Year of Consecrated Life,
the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery
 invite you
to join us for an Open House
and Evening Prayer
on Sunday, September 13, 2015. 


Open House

2 - 4 pm

Come visit us

Meet the Sisters

Enjoy refreshments.

Learn about us and our ministries.

Buy items made by the Sisters.

Participate in face painting.


Pray with us

4 pm 5pm

Learn about Liturgy of the Hours

Pray Evening Prayer with us. 

Please RSVP to Sr. Deborah Harmeling at 859-331-6771 or


At Evening Prayer on Saturday, August 8, 2015 Patty Bickett became Sr. Patty Bickett, a novice with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery. We are so happy to have Patty take the next step in community life. Right: Sr. Patty receiving the Constitutions of the Federation of St. Scholastica from Sr. Mary Catherine Wenstrup, prioress. Below left: Sr. Mary Catherine, Patty and the SWM Formation Team (left to right): Srs. Deborah, Mary Tewes and Barbara Woeste. Below right: Our two community artists, Srs. Emmanuel Pieper and Patty.

Click here to read the Summer 2015 issue of LEAVEN.

Sr. Cathy Bauer went to the Great American Ballpark Tuesday, July to be part of the excitement at the All Star Game. She is pictured here with many mascots.

To watch a Thomas More College video entitled "The Remarkable Sisters of St. Benedict", an interview with Srs. Mary Catherine Wenstrup, Christa Kreinbrink and Deborah Harmeling on their years as students at Thomas More College, click here.




Click here to read the Winter 2014 issue of LEAVEN.

Click here to read the Oblates fall newsletter 2014.

Click here for the brochure with 2013 updated rates for the St. Walburg Monastery Guest House.


To view the Villa Montessori School slide show on YouTube,

 click here.


To view the 2013 Statement on Immigration passed

by the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses

February 4, 2013, click here.



Arcadia Press has published The

Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg


To order a copy, email Sr.

Deborah Harmeling at or call her

 at 859-331-6771.

Proceeds from the book go to

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg


You can review the first chapter of the

 book at or







We have a  St. Walburg Monastery blog entitled Reflections from the School

for the Lord's Service. It is a multi-voice blog with different sisters posting every week. New posts will go up on

 Wednesdays. Click here to read.





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