What is more delightful than the voice of the Lord calling us?

    - Prologue of the Rule of St. Benedict

God seeks each of us in a unique way. Each of us Benedictine Sisters at St. Martin Monastery has her own special vocation story. What is your special story?

How can one learn more about the Benedictine Sisters? Answers from Ministry Days Quiz

Question 1 Who is the Father of Western Monasticism? St. Benedict of Nursia is the founder of Western Monasticism. St. Scholastica, his twin sister, became a Benedictine Sister.


Question 2 What is a monastery?A monastery is a dwelling place for persons who embrace the monastic life


Question 3 Is there a women's monastery in the Rapid City Diocese?Yes, St. Martin Monastery is in the Diocese of Rapid City and is the only "formation" house in the Diocese.


Question 4 Who are the Benedictine Sisters of St. Martin?The Benedictine Sisters from Mechahl, Switzerland established St. Martin's in Sturgis, South Dakota in 1889. They are a group of women who follow the Rule of St. Benedict. The main work of the Sisters is the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours which flows from the daily Mass, Lectio Divina and prayer for others. The Sisters also participate in many other ministries.


Question 5 What is the Charism Statement of the Sisters of St. Martin Monastery? Our Charism Statement is to seek God in the daily rhythm of prayer and work and in obedience, stability and conversion of life in the cenobitic community of St. Martin Monastery. Open to the spirit of the Gospel, we share God's love in simplicity, hospitality and peace.


Question 6 What is the famous Benedictine motto? Ora et Labora (Prayer and Work) is the famous Benedictine motto.





Like many of us today, St. Benedict, who lived about 1500 years ago, was searching for God. As a student in Rome, his heart yearned for a deeper relationship with God. He left Rome and lived in a remote cave where he could seek the God who was seeking him. Those days of intense prayer changed Benedict into a mature, compassionate man to whom God entrusted many followers. Together they formed a community in which they could support one another in their search for fulfillment in God

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