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:

1. Sophia Circle

Donors sharing a monthly, recurring gift

2. Benedict Society

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

3. Scholastica Sustainers

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


More information

For more information about the planned giving & sustained giving societies contact Lara Dulin, director of donor services at, 608-836-1631, x120.

Sophia Circle: Sustained Monthly Giving

The Sophia Circle is comprised of donors who give a monthly recurring gift via credit card or automatic bank account transfer. Members of the Sophia Circle are essential to the foundation and future of Holy Wisdom Monastery. You give because you feel a personal connection to this community and this land. You want confidence that Holy Wisdom Monastery will continue on as a sacred refuge for generations to come.

Sophia is the ancient Greek word for Wisdom. It also carries meaning for some as the feminine aspect of divine knowledge. We chose this name for our recurring donor society because it calls to mind two things at the core of our community: the ancient Benedictine wisdom tradition, and the sisters.

By making a foundational monthly gift to the Wisdom Fund, you give us security and flexibility to respond with wisdom to a challenging, changing world – guided by our Benedictine values.

Join over 175 donors who love and cherish Holy Wisdom Monastery as recurring donors.

Set up your gift via credit card at the link below, or call Lara Dulin, director of donor services, at 608-836-1631, x120 to set up your automatic bank transfer.

Would you consider helping the sisters achieve sustainability through Sophia Circle?

Join Sophia Circle

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 Lara Dulin Perez at 608-836-1631, x120, 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 (7)
Jane Ayer
Larry Brown
Rev Dennis Crowley
Bill Diederich
Howard Fenton
Renee Forrest
Miss Susan-Ellen Gilmont
Mary Jane Gogan
Tim Jeffery & Terrie Thompson
Alice Jenson
Sue Koleczek
Shere-Ling Fraus-Yao
Gail Lamberty
Phyllis Lobdell
Abbie Loomis
Norma and Doug Madsen
Dr Gary Maier
Nell Mally
Mary McEniry
Marylynne Mehl
Liz Murray
Jayne Neuendorf
Janet Neurauter
Judy Nolde & Pastor Kenneth Smith
Rev Jon Olson
Martha Pelkey
Steven Powell
Rev. Carol Shaffer and Otis Laurberg
Nancy Smiegowski
Neal and Diane Smith
Ron and Paulette Smith
Margaret Sommers
Mike and Erica Sweitzer-Beckman
Moira Urich
Janine Veto
Tom Zanzig

Scholastica Sustainers: Sustained Giving

Thank you to our supporters who have chosen to sustain the sisters’ mission. Your generosity helps to provide experiences that fulfill the 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.