St. Hildegard Society

The St. Hildegard Society was established in 1990 to recognize those who create a lasting legacy by including the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, Inc. in their estate plans.

The society is named in honor of St. Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine abbess of Rupertsberg on the Rhine, near Bingen, Germany. She was one of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages. While known to be a great contemplative, she was a singularly active, practical woman. Hildegard’s interests were wide and varied — she was a doctor, musician, poet, artist, and theologian. For “diversion,” she created a language of her own composed of 900 words and 23 letters.

Hildegard staunchly defended the sanctity of all life and appealed to her contemporaries to be co-creators of goodness and caretakers of the earth. Like her, we hope to be courageous and forward-thinking men and women, challenging society’s values and leaving a heritage for future generations.

By making a planned gift, you will be eligible to become a member and to be remembered in the sisters’ daily prayers. Each September, near the feast of St. Hildegard, the sisters welcome members of the society to join them at the monastery for Mass and dinner, where they are provided updates on the sisters’ ministries and the latest monastery news.

By including the Sisters of St. Benedict in your estate plans, you help us plan for the future and ensure that our very important work will live on long after you’re gone. By partnering with us, you and the sisters can make a powerful difference in the world today and for generations to come.

For more information about the St. Hildegard Society, contact Sister Barbara Lynn Schmitz at 888-649-1121, ext. 2631, or e-mail her at