Your gift makes a difference.
In order to continue our mission, we need your help. When you support us:
You serve God. Through your generosity, you live out the Gospels and serve those who need us most. Together, our service to the world in God’s name deepens the faith of all whose lives we touch and offers them hope and peace.
You show love. Feeling love is easy. Expressing love is much more difficult. Supporting the Sisters of St. Benedict is an act of love – one that multiplies as it spreads, much like the miracle of the loaves and fishes.
You change lives. You may not see it directly, as we do, but your support makes “all things possible” for those with little hope – and scant resources. You become a part of all we do. You teach children. Feed the hungry. Shelter the homeless. You care for the sick. Comfort the grieving. And help the lost find their way back to Christ.
You sustain a rare and vibrant community. Our community numbers 143 women, and we continue to attract new members. Your gift sustains not only the growth of our diverse ministries, but also the community life of prayer, grounded in a 1,500 year tradition of Benedictine values, that makes our work possible. With your support, we welcome pilgrims, seekers, tourists, friends – all who find their way to the monastery’s sacred and peaceful grounds.
Your support changes lives. Here’s how you can become a part of all we do:
On our secure form, you can designate how you want your gift to be used (for a particular ministry or need) or simply send your gift for the mission and ministries of our community. Your donation may also be in honor or in memory of a loved one.
Partners are our friends who commit themselves to an annual gift at one of four giving levels:
St. Scholastica Circle—$5,000 and above
Benedictine Society—$1,000 to $4,999
Founders—$500 to $999
Anniversary Partners—An amount equal to the number of years since the sisters’ founding (in 1867), up to $499
These gifts can be given at one time annually or extended over the course of a year.
As a Partner or a Monastery Angel:
- You are remembered daily in the sisters’ prayers and each month at a Mass for your intentions.
- You are invited to special events at the monastery.
- You share in a special way in the lives of the sisters.
- You join with the sisters in their ministries and help bring God’s love to the world.
- You help ensure that Benedictine values will be preserved for future generations.
Light a candle in our Lourdes Grotto. Even if you’re in your home miles away from the monastery grounds, you can have a candle lit for your intentions at Our Blessed Mother’s shrine. Remember a loved one who has died or is experiencing difficult times, those serving their country, or honor your own special needs. The sisters will hold your intentions in prayer, and your candle will shine as a sign of your faith and trust in God’s provident care.
Become a Monastery Angel
Enroll someone in the Ferdinand Benedictine Spiritual Association. Send a card or booklet to comfort someone, express sympathy, extend birthday and anniversary greetings, or offer your prayers.
Gifts of securities—shares of stock or a mutual fund, bonds, etc.—are often overlooked in helping support our sisters. It’s unfortunate, because the advantages of making a gift in this way are substantial.
Suppose you purchased stock in XYZ Corporation many years ago. Its value has fluctuated over the years, but it’s now valued at three times what you paid for it.
If you were to donate those shares, you’d be allowed a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of that stock—not just what you paid for it. This provision in the tax code allows you to make a significant gift to the sisters at a nominal cost.
There are a couple rules to keep in mind. Your stock needs to have appreciated in value, and you need to have owned it for at least a year and a day. And you must transfer that stock directly into our brokerage account. If you sell it on your own, you will be subject to tax on the capital gain.