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Holy Wisdom Monastery

Middleton, Wisconsin

Experience Type:
Position Available: Flexible
Hourly Rate or Pay Range: Room and board
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

Are you curious about life in a monastery? Would you like to experience ways that Benedictine spirituality might enrich your life? We welcome women of any Christian tradition to visit Holy Wisdom and get to know us. If you find something special here you might consider living and working with us as a Benedictine Sojourner for six months.

Together with our Benedictine Sojourners we seek God in our everyday rhythm of prayer and work, study, and leisure.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

This program is open to single, Christian women, ages 21-50, in good health, with no dependents. New sojourners begin their six months with us in September of each year.

What will be required?

Experience a rhythm of daily prayer in community.
Live a simple, celibate lifestyle.
Work in the sisters’ ministries at the monastery 20-25 hours / week:
Grow and harvest fruits and vegetables, then prepare and share meals together.
Care for our prairie, woods, lake and trails.
Prepare for guests in our retreat and guest house.
Lead daily prayers and participate in Sunday music and worship.
Blog, take photos, write for the sisters’ website and publications.
Learn Benedictine community living skills.
Receive room and board, and a monthly stipend.
Form relationships among Benedictine Sojourners, the sisters and the wider communities connected with Holy Wisdom Monastery.
Enjoy leisure time in evenings and on days off.

Organization Details

Holy Wisdom Monastery 4200 County Road M Middleton, Wisconsin 53562 United States Website

Number of Position Openings: 5

How to Apply

A new group of Benedictine Sojourners begins in September each year. We are currently receiving inquiries for September 2017. As you consider a sojourner experience, you will want to:

Make arrangements to come and meet us, find out more about being a sojourner. If you live close by, come for evening prayer and conversation over dinner or come to our A Day Away retreat. If you live farther away, plan a weekend visit. Come for an Exploring Benedictine Community Retreat. Or, contact us to arrange for a weekend that works best for you.
Call or email Sister Lynne Smith with any questions you may have.
Help us get to know you by filling out an Exploring Benedictine Community inquiry form.
After an initial visit we will help you schedule an extended two-week visit at the monastery—an opportunity to learn and experience even more about the rhythm of life you can expect as a sojourner.
If you are invited to become a Benedictine Sojourner after this two-week visit, we will ask for letters of recommendation and additional health information. You will also need some time to begin planning to be away from your current commitments and responsibilities.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017 Apply Online

Contact: Sister Lynne Smith