Volunteer

Christkindlmarkt  

The entire town of Ferdinand gets caught up in this annual festival as thousands visit to sample the delicious regional food, enjoy live entertainment and tours, and buy Christmas gifts and wares at lavishly decorated booths. 

You can volunteer to help at our booth in late November at the monastery crypt, just below the church, in either two-hour or four-hour shifts. 

Host or greet—welcome visitors, show them what’s available, and answer any questions they might have.

Sell products from our famous Simply Divine Bakery—springerle and other cookies, kuchens, fudge, or sweet rolls—along with hot chocolate, coffee, and hot tea.

Contact: Sister Mary Philip Berger
Phone: 812-367-1411, ext. 3021
E-mail: mpberger@thedome.org

 

Springerle Cookies

Be part of the inner workings of our Simply Divine Bakery by making, dusting, sorting, or packaging our cookies for sale to the public. You could volunteer for a couple of hours, a half-day, or a full day. The busiest months are October, November, and December.

Besides the fun of socializing with co-workers, you get to create a delicious product and help support the retired sisters in our Benedictine community.

Contact: Sister Mary Philip Berger
Phone: 812-367-1411, ext. 3021
E-mail: mpberger@thedome.org

 

Vegetable Garden

You can help for a couple of hours in the morning or evening, or volunteer for a half-day if you want. We are always looking for assistance during the busy times of tilling, planting, weeding, harvesting, and cleaning up our garden behind the YMCA gymnasium. 

It’s a nice opportunity to get outdoors and help produce fresh organic food for the sisters’ table.

Contact: Sister Mary Philip Berger
Phone: 812-367-1411, ext. 3021
E-mail: mpberger@thedome.org

 

Quilting

Volunteer individually or in a group to quilt at the monastery for several hours, a half-day, or a full day. The quilts are already set up and materials will be provided. You can also bind quilts after they are completed. It’s for a great cause—to raise funds through our quilt raffle at our Summer Social. Enjoy the chance to socialize in the monastery, and dwell in the satisfaction of creating a beautiful and useful quilt. 

Contact: Sister Mary Philip Berger
Phone: 812-367-1411, ext. 3021
E-mail: mpberger@thedome.org

All volunteers are welcome to join the sisters for meals, as well as any prayer times. Thank you for your interest and the gift of your time.  


What our volunteers are saying...

"We love having the opportunity to serve the sisters by volunteering at the monastery. We have developed a positive relationship with them over the last four years and look forward to the fellowship we enjoy while serving the sisters. We feel welcomed and loved by the sisters and are happy to do whatever tasks they need us to do. It is an honor for us to be a part of the Sisters of St. Benedict family, and we will continue to visit and serve them in whatever ways they need us year after year." - Tena Karcher