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Benedictine Sisters Monastery Immaculate Conception

About Us

We are one of the largest Benedictine communities of women in the United States — over 110 members strong and thriving. Monastery Immaculate Conception was founded in 1867 by four young Benedictine sisters who came to Ferdinand to teach the children of area settlers, more than 1,000 women have entered our community over the years.

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Monastery Immaculate Conception, known as The Dome, is located in Ferdinand, Indiana, and is home to the Sisters of St. Benedict. The community, one of the largest Benedictine communities of women in the U.S., focuses on integrating prayer, work, and community living according to the Rule of St. Benedict.

Ministry Work

Education and Social Services: The sisters engage in a variety of educational and social service ministries, serving as teachers, social workers, counselors, and more. They address contemporary issues like immigration, housing, hunger, and healthcare through their dedicated service.

Retreats and Spiritual Direction: The monastery offers numerous retreats, programs, and spiritual direction services to help individuals deepen their spiritual lives. The Hospitality Center welcomes guests seeking peace and renewal.

Community Outreach: The sisters are involved in local and global outreach programs, including services in Peru and advocacy for social justice and environmental sustainability, inspired by the principles of "Laudato Si’."

Oblate Program: Laypeople can join the oblates program to live according to Benedictine spirituality, participating in regular meetings, retreats, and spiritual formation.

Daily Life and Mission

The daily life of the sisters is anchored in the Benedictine principles of "ora et labora" (prayer and work). Their day includes communal prayers, personal meditation, and various forms of work. This structure promotes a balanced approach to life, integrating spirituality with practical tasks.

The mission of the sisters is rooted in the Benedictine values of hospitality, stability, and ongoing conversion of life. Hospitality involves welcoming all as Christ, providing a nurturing space for spiritual growth. Stability reflects a lifelong commitment to the monastic community, fostering deep relationships. Ongoing conversion of life is the commitment to continual personal and communal growth.

Vision and Goals

The Dome aims to be a beacon of Benedictine spirituality, offering a stable and spiritually enriching environment where individuals can encounter God and grow in faith. Through their educational initiatives, retreats, and community services, the sisters strive to foster spiritual growth, intellectual development, and social responsibility.

Their commitment to hospitality, education, and social justice underscores their dedication to the teachings of St. Benedict and their mission to serve the broader community. The serene environment of The Dome, combined with its active engagement in various ministries, makes it a unique spiritual and cultural resource. The sisters' dedication to prayer, work, and community life ensures that the monastery remains a vibrant center of Benedictine spirituality and a source of inspiration for all who visit.

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