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Become a Sister

Of all the paths you could choose, becoming a Sister of St. Benedict may seem like an unlikely choice — especially today. But God calls exceptional people in the unlikeliest of ways.

Think of it this way.

Imagine a life where you get to be your true, authentic self. You get to put all your talents and gifts to the highest possible use, growing and perfecting them.

Imagine living in a community with like-minded people, who care about each of you and want you to succeed. True friends and companions who are there for all the highs and lows life has to offer.

Imagine a life that makes a genuine difference, where you use those talents to serve other people and make the world a better place.

Imagine a rich spiritual life, bathed in prayer, with God at the center of it all.

That’s the life each of our Sisters is leading. Are we perfect? Far from it. Do we make mistakes? Sure. But we lift each other up and get right back on track.

Here’s the official version: “We are a group of women who seek and share God by living together in a community based on prayer and service. In our monastery, we encourage each individual to use her strengths and talents to spread God’s love.”

We invite you to visit us and get to know the Sisters who have dedicated their lives to prayer, hospitality, community, and work, and about what Benedictine life looks like today.

Meet Sister Jill

Director of Vocations

I entered the Monastery in 2003 after earning a degree in Elementary Education from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. I have wanted to be a teacher since elementary school. While in college, I realized that God was calling me to religious life. I was invited to visit the Sisters of St. Benedict by the vocation director and other sisters. Once I started visiting, I realized that this was the place and the life I wanted to live for the rest of my life. I visited every chance I could. I had fallen in love with the community and the prayer life. I saw how the sisters truly loved each other and took care of each other. I also saw the prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours and the personal prayer of the sisters that sustained them in this life. I wanted this for the rest of my life. I also saw that I could be myself in this community. I don’t have to hide who I am. After I finished formation, I became a teacher.

I have taught in elementary school now for about 13 years. I have taught fourth grade, first grade, and second grade. In our community, we take vows of stability, obedience, and conversion to the monastic way of life. I have been asked by my prioress and community to take the role of vocation director. I have accepted this position whole-heartedly. I love sharing who we are as a community. I want to share the Rule of St. Benedict with others.

I look forward to sharing our charisms and our community with you. A little more about myself: I love to read a good novel, crochet, or watch a good football game. I am an avid Notre Dame and Colts fan. I also enjoy playing cards or board games. I look forward to journeying with you on whatever path you find yourself on.

Please feel free to reach out.
Phone: 812-367-1411

“Know of my prayers and the communities’ prayers as you discern where God is calling you to go.”