Last updated: January 30, 2014 (2 months ago)
Listing created on: January 25, 2005

Order of Saint Benedict

(Collegeville, Minnesota, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 530  Established: 530
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Bro. Richard Oliver OSB
  • Address:
    620 Michigan Ave NE
    Curley Hall Annex 118
    The Catholic University of America
    Collegeville, Minnesota, 56321-2015
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact the guestmaster of a particular house. Accommodation for guests is often limited or booked. Priority is given to those visiting for a religious purpose: day of reflection, retreat, prayer, discernment, etc.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

community religious monastic

Community Description:

The international Benedictine monastic order of sisters and brothers looks to Saint Benedict of Nursia, Italy, (480-547), the Patriarch of Western Monasticism, as its founder and inspiration. In the sixth century A.D., he wrote what we know as the Rule of Benedict or Regula Benedicti that continues to inspire and direct authentic Benedictine communities.

Visit our website, which features: the Rule of Benedict (original text in Latin and modern translations in several languages); a geographic database of houses; an advanced search; “What’s New,” election results, academic and international institutions, general information, texts and articles, habit, saints, etc.


  • Adult Members: 25255
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: All follow the Rule of Saint Benedict.

    Some Anglican and Lutheran Benedictines exist independently from the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Roman Catholic


  • Decision Making: Democracy (majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: The abbot, abbess or prioress is elected by the permanent membership.

    The Senior Council, parly appointed, partly elected, serves as the primary counsel for the superior.

    Senior Council or staff make many routine decisions approved by the superior.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Other
  • Area: 500 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: Estimate of average acreage per house worldwide.

    Varies by each monastery.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Shared Expenses: 100%
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: Ora et labora (pray and work) is a motto of the Order.


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Estimate worldwide

    Most houses are smoke-free.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Taizé Community, Abbey of the Genesee, St. Gregory’s Abbey

Fair Housing Laws

Our community is a legally sanctioned church or religious organization and living in our community is restricted to members of that religion as allowed by law. Our religion does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin. Housing in our community is non-commercial (i.e. not intended to make a profit).



We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.