About Us

Discover the power of women in community.

We are one of the largest Benedictine communities of women in the United States — over 130 members strong and thriving. We were founded in 1867 by four young Benedictine sisters who came to Ferdinand to teach the children of area settlers. Since then, more than 1,000 women have entered our community and we’ve expanded our ministries both beyond education and beyond Ferdinand. We serve as teachers, social workers, parish ministers, counselors, nurses, youth ministers, chaplains, librarians, and more.


We, the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, are monastic women seeking God through the Benedictine tradition of community life, prayer, hospitality, and service to others. By our life and work, we commit ourselves to be a presence of peace as we join our sisters and brothers in the common search for God.


As we seek God, the values and principles by which we live flow from our mission statement and are central to our call as the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana.

The guiding principles are the Benedictine values of prayer, work, hospitality, and community life.


2019 Prioress Election
(L to R) Sister Marilyn Schroering, Sister Anita Louise Lowe, Sister Rose Wildeman

Sister Anita Louise Lowe was elected the 14th prioress of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, on June 4, 2019. She was installed as prioress in a ceremony on July 13, 2019.

A native of Louisville, KY, Sister Anita Louise Lowe, entered the monastery in 1987 from St. Lawrence Parish. She made her first profession of vows in 1989 and her perpetual profession in 1995.

Before her election, she served as the Director of Liturgy in Ferdinand, IN for the past eleven years. Previously, she was an English and French teacher, Assistant Director of Communications, Public Relations Manager, Assistant Director of Vocations, and a Director of Vocations.

Sister Anita Louise is a graduate of Brescia College in Owensboro, KY. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English, a French minor with a secondary education certificate before going onto receive an MA in Theology with a concentration in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. She is the daughter of the late David and Mildred (Geywitz) Lowe. She has two late sisters (Jane Lowe and Jean Lowe) and her sister Teresa (Lowe) Buehler, married to Greg Buehler. All reside within Louisville, KY.

The sub prioress is Sister Rose Wildeman. Sister Rose is a native of Evansville, Indiana and has a bachelor’s degree from Oakland City College and a Masters from Ball State University. She most recently served as the monastery coordinator. Sister Marilyn Schroering will now take the role of the monastery coordinator. Originally from Celestine, Indiana, Sister Marilyn has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and an M.S. in Elementary Education Administration and supervision. Her previous ministry was managing the monastery switchboard and reception area.