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Seeking God in community relationships?

Searching for meaning and purpose?

Looking for balance and wholeness?

“Trust in God; Trust also in me.”

By Sister Mary Colleen Schwarz, OSB, Vocations Director

From Winter Review 2018

“Trust in God; trust also in me.” Unpacking the seven words of this exhortation is no small challenge, but it is vital that we do so because it is a critical anchor in difficult times. It is the antidote for a troubled heart.

All of us want to trust in God-we want a certain faith, assurance, and peace at those times when our own world seems to be crumbling into pieces. Having a clear sense of identity as a child of God is vital. But there is more.


In my life experience, I have discovered that a compassionate heart must accompany our trust in God. Compassion puts action to our faith.


Compassion is a choice we can make at any time. It requires no special schooling, no extra time or money, nothing but awareness and a decision to lead with love. While acting kindly is compassionate, compassion is more about how closely I want to connect with my heart. Compassionate action says more about me than the person receiving it, but in the end it is the one thing that will change us both.


I desire to lead with my heart. My actions provide the opportunity to move closer to my values, to align with my highest self, and to live in peace, love, creativity and compassion. Our very nature is more expansive when we offer grace-even when people hurt us. Stay close to your true nature; operate from your highest self. This is how a deep trust in God is lived out in this world. Listen to the wisdom of your soul…lead with your heart.


Reflection of First Profession of Monastic Vows

By Sister Mary Teresa Hicks, OSB

From Winter Review 2018

L to R: Sister Clare Carr, OSB; Prioress with Sister Mary Teresa Hicks, OSB and Sister Mary Colleen Schwarz, OSB; First Profession Mentor and Vocation Director

Epiphany is a very special feast; the feast of the Magi who followed the Star not knowing where it would lead. Through perseverance of faith, they came to Bethlehem, to a tiny manger. The journey was long and it took them over difficult terrain and presented great challenges. This is a good description of my life’s journey.


As a novice for the past two years, I have prayed, studied, cried, written, sung, composed, created and followed the Star just like the Magi. When the kings arrived, they humbly bowed before the Christ- Child and offered their greatest treasures. After a long journey, I too, arrived on Epiphany. I humbly bowed before God, my community, family and friends and I offered my greatest treasure – the gift of the song of my life, in monastic profession. As I professed my vows, I was overcome with joy in the presence of God and yes, I shed a few tears.


On Sunday afternoon before my profession, I took a walk. I walked in silence although my heart wanted to shout, “At last, this is the day the Lord has made!” It was difficult to quiet my soul in prayer, as my spirit soared above the clouds. I spent time reflecting at Mary’s grotto. Mary said “Yes” to God and so have I. Mary didn’t know what the future would be and yet she still said, “Yes.” I do not know what God has in store for me, but I also have said, “Yes.”


I walked over to the Sanctuary of Peace property and sat on the trunk of a fallen tree. In union with the ancestors, with the warmth of the sun and the breeze of the breath of Spirit on my face, I made my vows to God in solitude. And now, as St. Benedict says, I will continue to “listen with the ear of my heart.” As I continue to follow the Star, I watch in wonder and awe, as God writes the notes of the song of my life!


L to R: Sister Mary Teresa Hicks, OSB with Sister Anne Stedman, OSB; Novice Director holding Sister Mary Teresa’s art depicting Benedictine humility. January 7, 2018- Sister Mary Teresa’s First Profession.


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.