Discover the power of women in community.

We are one of the largest Benedictine communities of women in the United States — over 130 members strong and thriving. We were founded in 1867 by four young Benedictine sisters who came to Ferdinand to teach the children of area settlers. Since then, more than 1,000 women have entered our community and we’ve expanded our ministries both beyond education and beyond Ferdinand. We serve as teachers, social workers, parish ministers, counselors, nurses, youth ministers, chaplains, librarians, and more.

Mission

We, the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, are monastic women seeking God through the Benedictine tradition of community life, prayer, hospitality, and service to others. By our life and work, we commit ourselves to be a presence of peace as we join our sisters and brothers in the common search for God.

Values

As we seek God, the values and principles by which we live flow from our mission statement and are central to our call as the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana.

The guiding principles are the Benedictine values of prayer, work, hospitality, and community life.

Leadership