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Vocation – The call to Love

By Sister Mary Colleen Schwarz, OSB
From Spring Review 2018

“Freedom…is the act of releasing ourselves from the bondage of that which keeps us from living the life we were meant to live.” -Kelli Wilson 

Like it or not, in the broader sense, we are all addicted to something. It may be substance abuse, food, control, caffeine, drama, money, or any one of a million things. We like to think of other people as “addicts”, but not ourselves. There is a broad spectrum of addiction behaviors and many levels of severity- some people function better than others, but we are all addicts at some level. 

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Addiction is a coping method that helps us avoid pain or anything too vulnerable, too shameful, too scary, or simply too much for us to handle. Addiction offers a distraction from facing difficult issues and emotions. It is highly personal as our individual addictions are as unique to us as our pain. Many of our efforts to address addictions are infused with anger, conflict and despair. Where do we find hope? 


As followers of Christ, we are called to offer a loving, understanding, comforting, non-judgmental, non-threatening presence to each individual who is suffering, as well as to their family co-suffering with them. People struggling with severe addictions need compassion and to be treated as the “beloved of God “ – the same way we respond to someone facing a life-threatening illness.


Jesus always saw and called out the hidden beauty from each person, and helped them rediscover the image and likeness of God within and the unlimited potential they possess. Approaching addiction from this perspective creates an atmosphere helping us and others feel valued and loved regardless of behavior or perceived failure. Offering God’s love, compassion, mercy, grace, healing and restoration along with our prayers, presence, patience and comforting words create hope for a new life.


We are called to love others by accepting them as they “are”. Hidden beauty is exposed through authentic love, acceptance and compassion. Jesus told us that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). If we respond in this way, someone struggling with addiction may discover that they are ” the Beloved, “and can be “loved back to life.” 


Come share your passion with us and live the Benedictine way of life.  At Benet Hill Monastery, we offer several forms of membership for participation.

  • Being of loving service to others
  • Reaching out through hospitality
  • Embracing a simple lifestyle



We are committed to carry on our Benedictine charism and tradition into that future with the hope of contributing to the transformation of our world and society.


Benet Hill is a community that supports and challenges all who come and share our lives.  We are Benedictine women who give special attention to our liturgical celebrations.  We believe in the special giftedness of women and promote their full participation in church and society.


We move toward our preferred future as Monastic women



Through our relationships with one another, we discover, discern and recognize our giftedness for life-giving service (Ministry).  We work to act justly, love tenderly and to walk humbly with God within our community and with all God’s people.  Some of our ministries include:


  • Spirituality
  • Retreats
  • The Arts
  • Pastoral Ministries

  • Health Care
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Peace and Justice


As Benedictine women, we give priority to the contemplative dimension of life through an atmosphere of prayerfulness and quiet. We gather for Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina, Eucharistic Celebrations, Reconciliation.


Affiliation, Candidate, Novitiate, First Profession, Final Profession


The Affiliate phase is designed for the woman who is seriously discerning a call to Benedictine Life. Affiliation provides the opportunity for the individual to search out her life call in our lifestyle.


Image-two hearts-1The Candidate phase is designed for the woman who requests admission in Benedictine Monastic Life at Benet Hill Monastery. The Candidate publicly states her intention to become a member. Candidacy lasts from nine months to one year.


After the woman successfully completes the Candidate phase, she enters the Novitiate – a time of intense spiritual preparation that lasts two years.


During the phase of the First Profession, the sister becomes now fully integrated into the Monastic Community and she begins a ministry.


Final Profession: After the phase of First Profession the sister makes her Final Vows – of stability, conversion through the monastic way of life, and obedience.


Mary Colleen WEBFor more information regarding Vocations,
please contact Mary Colleen Schwarz, OSB
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“They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other, (Romans 12:10) supporting with the greatest patience one another’s weakness of body, behavior, and earnestly competing in obedience to one another. (RB 72:4-6)”


Our Charism Statement:Vocation walk

We, the Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery, journeying together, are called to seek God in the daily celebration of life.  


Recognizing our giftedness, we listen and respond through creative prayer and life-giving service.