I Don't See Where the Sisters Live at Holy Wisdom Monastery

Lynne Smith, OSB Living in Community

Guests at the monastery often ask one of us sisters, “Where do you live?” The question usually means do you live in the monastery building. The sisters’ monastic residence is located in the woods a short walking distance from the monastery building.

For us the entire monastery is the place where we pray, work, minister, study, receive guests, recreate and find solitude and nightly rest. It is also the place of our final rest. Holy Wisdom Monastery is the home for all of these activities.

The monastery building, the Retreat and Guest House, the grounds, prairie and Lost Lake we share with all who come to Holy Wisdom. The sisters’ residence on the grounds provides more private space for the community where silence, solitude and contemplative prayer is assured.