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.

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery invite you to join us on Saturday afternoons at 5 pm for  Evening Prayer. We will be live-streaming it. Link: Or search Facebook for St. Walburg Monastery Special Events to find the link.

We, as a Benedictine community, stand united in our response to the racial injustices in our country against people of color, particularly African Americans.  We pray for the nation’s healing.  We dedicate ourselves to shaping a community based on understanding, acceptance, equality, and compassion.  We pledge to listen, learn, pray, and seek solutions that result in a world where the dignity and diversity of all people are cherished. Villa Madonna Academy and the Benedictine Sisters express our unity and commitment to transformational change in our world. 


To read the Spring 2020 issue of LEAVEN click here.

 to the COVID-19 virus pandemic we, the Benedictine Sisters, have determined that we will close our monastery until further notice due to the concerns for our monastic membersh

ip and the greater community at large.  We will reevaluate our decision periodically and let you know.

We will not be receiving guests, friends, family, and Oblates. There will be no public religious services or any event during this time. Please follow us on our social media for further information updates.

We have instructed our employees to abide by the CDC/health department guidelines. This is not only for our membership but for the needs of all with whom we work and minister.

We continue to hold our local community and our world in prayer during this difficult time.

Sr. Aileen Bankemper, OSB, Prioress

The Benedictine Sisters have initiated

a new live-in service program.


To read the 2017 statement on Racism from the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses, click here.

Arcadia Press has published
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery.

To order a copy, email Sr. Deborah Harmeling at
or call her at

Proceeds from the book go to
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery.

You can review the first chapter of the book at or at


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.

St. Walburg Monastery Community Members

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