Order of Saint Benedict

Collegeville, Minnesota, United States

  • Last updated: June 18, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 25, 2005

Mission Statement

Religious, monastic, Christian communities seeking God according to the Rule of Saint Benedict.

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



  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Suburban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 500 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments:

    Estimate of average acreage per house worldwide.

    Size varies by each monastery.


  • Adult Members: 25255
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    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.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Initial visits of a few days to a week.
    Summer candidacy program of a few weeks.
    Candidacy, six months to a year.
    Formal, highly structured novitiate of one year.
    Three to seven years of temporary vows.
    Final perpetual commitment through solemn vows.

  • Additional Comments:

    All follow the Rule of Saint Benedict.

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


  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    The abbot, abbess, or prioress is elected by the permanent membership.

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

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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    Ora et labora (pray and work) is a motto of the Order. Decisions about accepting persons with debt will vary in each specific community.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Estimate worldwide.

    Most houses are smoke-free.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian, Catholic
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: Yes
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community, Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Regular checkups with a medical doctor or certified health care provider.

  • Healthcare Options: Community Plan
  • Additional Comments:

    Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and balanced diet are encouraged.

Additional Comments

Most monasteries are rural or suburban, but some cities have monasteries.

Founded 6th century.

Benedictines came to US ca. 1845.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), The Order of Saint Benedict

Community Affiliations

St. Gregory’s Abbey

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].