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Explore Monastic Life as a Sister

July 6 - July 9

Are you longing for greater depth in your life? Do you want to give yourself in service to God and others and care for the earth? Are you looking for an alternative to a nine to five job? Spend a weekend with the sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery to explore Benedictine life with the sisters following the Rule of Benedict and the Gospel as our guide. Our community is committed to growth in love and self-knowledge, justice and prayer, hospitality and inclusion. Experience the rhythm of community life. Work in the sisters’ vegetable gardens. Have time for yourself and time for dialogue with the sisters and others during the retreat.



  • 3:30-4:00 pm – Arrival & get settled in
  • 4:00 pm – Introductions and orientation to prayer
  • 4:30 pm – Evening prayer and centering prayer
  • 5:15 pm – Dinner and dishes
  • 6:30 pm – Orientation
  • 7:30 pm – Evening free

Friday and Saturday

  • Participants will follow the sisters’ monastic schedule of common prayer and meals. There will be personal time and time for dialogue with the sisters and other retreatants. Participants will have an opportunity to work in the vegetable gardens or prairie of the monastery and time to walk the grounds.


  • Before 8:00 am – Breakfast on your own
  • 8:00 am – Morning prayer
  • 9:00 am – Eucharist followed by conversation and brunch
  • 12:30 pm – Departure


  • July 6-9, 2023
  • Thursday 4:00 pm – Sunday 12:30 pm


There is no cost charged to participants for this event.


This retreat takes place at Holy Wisdom Monastery.

Who can attend?

Single, Christian women ages 20-45.


For more information, contact Sister Lynne Smith at lwsmith@holywisdommonastery, 608-831-9305.


Apply by June 22, 2023.

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Holy Wisdom Monastery
4200 County Road M
Middleton, WI 53562 United States
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Sister Lynne Smith

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Holy Wisdom Monastery
4200 County Road M
Middleton WI 53562
608-836-1631, x100
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