Luke House Community Meal Program – feeding people in Dane County

Amy Bonomie Justice Leave a Comment

For more than 30 years, the Luke House Community Meal Program has brought Dane County church groups and other faith-based communities together to help feed local people who are in need.  Faith is what motivates the volunteers who prepare and serve food, and then eat with guests. The Community Meal Program is an important and practical way of being united together as one with other faith organizations. On the second Tuesday of each month, members of Holy Wisdom Monastery participate in preparing, serving and sharing a meal at Luke House. For more information on volunteering sign-up and COVID safety precautions, …

Give Back with a Backpack

Amy Bonomie Hispanic Ministry, Justice, Sunday Assembly Leave a Comment

Give Back with a Backpack goal reached In joyful outpouring of financial and in-kind contributions, we are excited to share that the Give Back with a Backpack project campaign reached the goal of donating 40 backpacks to Midvale Elementary School students.  Donors A special thank you to the many donors who supported this social justice Hispanic/Latinx ministry.  Due to the financial generosity, we were also able to purchase 40 early-reader books in both English and Spanish. Sandy AdamsAnonymousAmy BonomieSue and Charles BradleyElise DuweJanine EdwardsKathy and Neil HeskinHoly Wisdom Oblates Candidates Class of 2021Joan SullivanJoyce and Gary WodkaSue KoleczekMarcia KraterAbbie LoomisCharles …

Statement condemning violence

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Dear Friends of Holy Wisdom, In hope and unity with our community and the people of our nation and the world, Holy Wisdom Monastery condemns the hateful actions that unfolded in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021.  We mourn the loss of life and the failing trust in our government and renew our commitment to the rights of all. We can do better.  Let us join in prayer for peace and stability after witnessing the lawlessness of yesterday’s actions. We promise to continue to work for just relationships and strive for a culture that allows our nation to live ever …

Luke House: serving the hungry with the help of faith communities

Amy Bonomie Justice Leave a Comment

As part of our mission to weave prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth into a shared way of life, we strive to live ever more deeply into diversity, inclusivity and equity so that all may be one. With the leadership of the Holy Wisdom Monastery’s Sunday Assembly, donors and volunteers, together we provided more than $4,480 in support of Luke House and their 60-120 weekly guests. Feeding the hungry Luke House provides nutritious and balanced meals to Madison’s most in-need residents – the homeless and hungry.  Through the Luke House community meal program, Holy Wisdom was able to share …

Welcome and Humane Treatment of Arriving Migrants

Mary David Walgenbach, OSB Justice Leave a Comment

“As monastics, we strive to listen to the longings of the world ‘with the ear of our heart.’” Sometimes this means letting ourselves be torn open to recognize our own complicity in the pain and alienation of others because of personal choices we have made to benefit from systems of exclusion. If we let ourselves be opened, we will recognize the power we have to overcome the fear that separates us from one another. Then we can believe the vision set out by Jesus, who made room for everyone at the table.” –Wisdom From the Tradition: A Statement of North …

Agridulce or bittersweet

Paz Vital, OSB Justice, Living in Community Leave a Comment

My experience at the Hispanic Summer Program (HSP) in Dallas was agridulce or bitter-sweet. It was dulce-sweet because I was able to be around people who look like me. My teachers and most of my fellow students looked like me and spoke Spanish like me. I was able to speak Spanish. I was able to worship in my native language. It was very natural for all of us to go back and forth speaking Spanglish. We shared common stories and experiences. The topics of our classes were all about Latin@theology and the way Latin@s express our religiosity. It was very …

Sisters at Holy Wisdom endorse statement from LCWR on gun violence

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The Benedictine sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery endorse the following statement from Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR): Mourning is Not Enough: LCWR Calls for Action to Prevent Gun Violence February 23, 2018 On February 14 a very troubled 19-year-old took an AR-15 assault rifle to Marjory Stoneman High School and opened fire killing 14 students and three staff members. The shooting was a horrible tragedy that has become all too familiar to students, teachers, and parents across the country. The heartbreak in Parkland, Florida is far too common. A recent study of World Health Organization data published in the American …

2016 Benedictine Retreat

Meet Sister Helen Prejean and Sister Marya Grathwohl

Car McGinley Justice, Oblates Leave a Comment

By Sue Pearson In these fractious times when many are leading lives of not-so-quiet desperation, we need to heed those who remind us that All Life is One Sacred Wholeness: We are All Connected. The Oblates of Holy Wisdom Monastery are delighted to welcome Sisters Helen Prejean and Marya Grathwohl, who will be conducting this retreat. They will explore the twin themes of care for the earth and people, especially our most vulnerable brothers and sisters. This event is also open to the public. Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, will highlight her work with prisoners on death row, with victims’ families and …

Spring 2014 update from Vera Court Neighborhood Center

Mike Sweitzer-Beckman Justice, Sunday Assembly Leave a Comment

Holy Wisdom Monastery encourages donations to support the programs at the Vera Court Neighborhood Center. A collection is taken to support VCNC every third Sunday of the month at Sunday Assembly. These donations are then passed on in full to VCNC. Recently, VCNC shared this update on their programs and how donations are helping their programs. Click here to download the PDF update. If you are interested in learning more about VCNC, please visit their website: To learn more about programs at VCNC, contact Patrick at 608-246-8372 or

Holy Wisdom Monastery continues support of Vera Court Neighborhood Center

Mike Sweitzer-Beckman Justice, Main Leave a Comment

The Sunday Assembly community at Holy Wisdom Monastery has been collecting and bundling donations for the Vera Court Neighborhood Center since 2007. This is an important aspect of living out the justice portion of the sisters’ mission, supporting a neighborhood community center on Madison’s north side. Patrick Schrank, the fund and program development director at VCNC writes: “Holy Wisdom Sunday Assembly Members: Thank you again for your continued support of Vera Court Neighborhood Center. This summer we have been able to serve more than 85 children and teens in our summer camps. Thank you for your contributions which make our work …