Introducing Sophia Circle: Sustained Monthly Giving

Sophia, an Ancient Greek word meaning Wisdom, sets the feel for our new monthly giving society.

Sophia Circle is comprised of donors sharing a monthly recurring gift via credit card or bank account.  Together, you’ll offer a sustainable practice that reduces administrative cost and helps the sisters’ plan with confidence.

In partnership, you’ll directly help the sisters achieve sustainability in all their essential resources:

  • Continue to be innovative, bold, and courageous in our mission
  • Develop a future generation of monastic and lay leaders
  • Become operationally and environmentally sustainable
  • Cultivate broader contributions for all the monastery’s essential resources
  • Create and provide organizational transparency
  • Maintain, enhance, and expand he monastery’s facilities and property, as necessary
Would you consider helping the sisters achieve sustainability through Sophia Circle?

Join Sophia Circle

Planned giving & sustained giving

At Holy Wisdom Monastery, we aspire to achieve sustainability in all our essential resources. Our planned giving and sustained giving donors help us reach this goal and leave a legacy for current and future generations.

To honor these important donors, we created three societies:

Benedict Society

Donors who have notified us that they have or will leave a planned gift to the monastery as part of their estate

Scholastica Sustainers

Donors who have given monthly for 36 consecutive months or $10,000 or more in lifetime gifts

Sophia Circle

Donors sharing a monthly, recurring gift

More information

For more information about the planned giving & sustained giving societies, contact Amy Bonomie, director of mission advancement at, 608-836-1631, x124 or Lara Dulin, development coordinator at, 608-836-1631, x120.

Benedict Society: Planned Giving

Benedict Society is a group of long-term supporters of Holy Wisdom Monastery who have notified the Benedictine Life Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc. about their support for the sisters through a planned gift. Members of Benedict Society have chosen to have their legacy tied to the long-term legacy of Holy Wisdom Monastery for generations to come.


The main benefit of joining Benedict Society is knowing that you are supporting the long-term vision and mission of the Benedictine Women of Madison at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Notifying the Benedictine Life Foundation of your intentions and enrolling in Benedict Society also offers the following benefits:

  • Acknowledgement of your gift on our website and in our other printed and electronic materials (if desired—Benedict Society members can also remain anonymous to the public).
  • Annual gathering with the sisters and other Benedict Society members at Holy Wisdom Monastery.
  • Occasional special communications for Benedict Society members.

Join the Benedict Society

If you have already designated the Benedictine Life Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc. in your estate planning documents (bequest in a will, life insurance policy, retirement plan beneficiary, etc.), please notify Amy Bonomie at 608-836-1631, x124, or click Join Benedict Society button.

Join Benedict Society


Current members
of Benedict Society

We are grateful for the following members of Benedict Society for their expression of commitment and support toward the long-term vision of the Benedictine Women of Madison at Holy Wisdom Monastery:

Anonymous (14)
Jane Ayer
Reverend Dennis Crowley
Bill Diederich
Tim Jeffery
Alice Jenson
Sue Koleczek
Phyllis Lobdell
Norma and Doug Madsen
Judy Nolde
Jayne Neuendorf
Reverend Jon Olson
Steven Powell
Rev. Carol Shaffer
Neal and Diane Smith
Janine Veto

Scholastica Sustainers: Sustained Giving

Thank you to our supporters who have chosen to sustain the sisters’ mission. Your generosity helps them continue to provide experiences that fulfills their mission of weaving prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth into a shared way of life.

We honor a special group of committed supporters with automatic induction into the Scholastica Sustainers community. Scholastica Sustainers have given 36 or more consecutive monthly gifts, or $10,000 or more in lifetime giving.

Barb and Dan Abbott
Doreen Adamany
Sandy Adams
Jane Ahlstrom
Chris and John Ainslie
Mary Alberts and Don Spencer
Phil and Carol Andersen
Anonymous (16)
Greg Armstrong and
Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong
Rajai and Chickee Atalla
Jane Ayer
Patricia Ball
Camille Banks
Jane Belongie and
Michael Belongie
Cynthia Bender
Ron and Linda Bodien
Catherine Bonnard Sullivan and
Tom Sullivan
Paul Boutwell and Berdell Nielson
Charles and Sue Bradley
Stefanie and Onno Brouwer
Mary Brown
Linda and Robert Bruck
Linda Calkins
Carol Cloutier
Janice and Dennis Collier
Judy Collins
Sandra Collins
Cathy Cornell and Paul Knitter
Colette Corwin
Joan Crawford
Marie and Mike Crawford
Rev Dennis Crowley
Ms Jody Crowley Beers and
Rev. Bill Beers
Judith and Bill Davis
Mary and Jack Davison
Kate Delaney Jolin and
James Jolin
Victor and Jean Delisle
Jeannine and Edouard Desautels
Bill Diederich
Paula and Bob Dinndorf
Ann Doody
Hildegard Dorrer
Jan and Griff Dorschel
Janine Edwards
Amy Fallon
Colleen and Bill Feist
Roberta Felker
Howard Fenton and
Sally Bowers
Jean Feraca
Catherine and Lawrence Fey
Heather Field
Rev Dr Jerry and
Mrs Kathy Folk
Gerri Framburg
Mary Lou French

Lynnette Friess
Gerald Garey
Ellen Geishirt
Tony and Sarah Gibart
Miss Susan-Ellen Gilmont
Jane and Ollie Ginther
Linda Glendening
Mary Jane Gogan
Louise Googins
Mary Gordon
Nancy Hair
Sherri Hansen
Kent and Colleen Hartung
Mary Jon and Tom Hauge
Steve and Susan Hawk
Reverend Al Heggen and
Mrs Helen Christiansen
Keith Heimforth
Lila Hemlin
Kathy and Neil Heskin
Mary Hoddy
Ms M. Kelly Hodge
Nicholas Hodges
Nancy Howe and
Thomas Sherfinski
Ann Huggett
Mike and Rosie Hughes
Jim and Shari Intagliata
Reverend Joseph Jackson
David Jarecki
Thomas Jeffries
Jerome and Christine Jendrisak
Pastor Patty Jenkins
Alice Jenson
Louise Johnson
Pamela Johnson
Terry  Jones
Chris Junkins
Kathleen Kelly Shanovich and
Ronald Shanovich
Alice Kissling and Morris Sadicario
Mrs Vicky and Dr Bill Knoedler
Kenny Kohberger
Sue Koleczek
Joan Kollasch and
Kurt Hohmeister
Constance Koopmans
Marcia Krater
Carole Kretschman
Meg and Richard LaBrie
Patti LaCross and
Jim Penczykowski
Sue and Terry Larson
Joan and Allen Liegel
Jean Lindsay
Phyllis Lobdell
Karen Lohmeyer
Abbie Loomis
Peg Luby
Joan Lundin
Rev. Brad S. Lutz

Doug and Norma Madsen
Karen Majkrzak
Nell Mally
Eric Maravilla and
Kelley Hutchison-Maravilla
Rev. Melissa and
Rev. Paul Markquart
Jeanne Marquis
Ann McBride
Sally and Thomas McCoy
Michel and Patrick McGettigan
Hildy McGown
Alison and David McKee
Charles McLimans and
Richard Merrion
Eileen McNamara
Gordon and Kristy Meicher
Julie Melton
Dianne Meyer
Michael Michaels
Dr Cathy and
Mr Ralph Middlecamp
Donna Miller and
Mary Kaye Radtke
PC Moisan-Thomas
Carolyn Moynihan Bradt
Steve Mueller
Helene Nelson and James Arts
Reverend Lisa Nelson
Larry Nesper
Jayne Neuendorf
Janet Neurauter
Marjorie Nixon
Jerry and Beth O’Brien
Reverend Jon Olson
Barbara Parsons
Elaine and
Christine Pasinski Thomas
Paul Patenaude and Peter Hoff
Bob Pellegrino and Gloria Boone
Ed and Mary Louise Peters
Lou Ann Petersen-Noltner and
Edward Noltner
Linda and Charles Peterson
Jean Pfeifer
Kathleen Phelan OP
Diane Pittman and
Lawrence Krantz
Jess Powell
Steven Powell
Bill and Linda Preboski
Marian and David Quade
Frank Ranallo
Peg Rasch
Shiela Reaves
Richard Rehm
Ruth Reinl
Joanne Reis
Everett and Maureen Rice
Bill Rosholt and Ann Baltes

Pleasant Rowland and
Jerry Frautschi
Diana and Donald Ryan
Dean Ryerson
David and Carrie Sanders
Marianne and Steve Schlecht
Linda Schubert and Edgar Francis
Joe and Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner
Pastor Carol Shaffer and
Mr Otis Laurberg
Dan and Gail Shea
Tom Sherfinski and Nancy Howe
Susan and Thomas Sheridan
Michael and Nancy Shinners
Wayne Sigelko and Nancy Didion
Nancy Smiegowski
Bob Smith
Clifford Smith
Diane and Neal Smith
Jay and Pat Smith
Sister Lynne Smith
Suzanne Smith
Margaret Sommers
Grant Sovern and Lara Sutherlin
Aggie Steichen
Michael Stier
Joan Sullivan
Reverend Jan Summers
Mrs Margaret and
Rev Myron Talcott
Tom and Kathy Tarpey
John Thompson
Nancy Thompson and Paul Slota
Chris and Jon Todd
Steve and Jeanie Tomasko
Nancy and David Topp
Mary Trier
Judy and Sal Troia
Rev Dr Frederick and
Mrs Louise Trost
Daniel Uhlrich and Karen Manning
Cindy Uhrich
Maureen and John Van Dinter
Janine Veto
Dick Wagner
Roleen Walgenbach
Kathleen Wessels
John J. Whalen
Mrs Louise and
Dr Joseph Wiesenfarth
Lynn Willkom
Joyce and Gary Wodka
Sandy Wojtal-Weber
Kathy Woytych
Lois Yatzeck
Mary Zaborski
Betsy and Stuart Zadra
Tom Zanzig and Peg Davey
Steve Zwettler and
Barbara Brummer