photo by Kent Sweitzer
Your joyful generosity filled the monastery!
Thank you to all who supported Holy Wisdom Monastery this #GivingTuesday. Your generosity and love for your spiritual and ecological home was more visible and powerful than ever imagined.
While donations continue to stream in, we are excited to project that you far exceeded the original goal of $50,000 with $76,609 raised. More impressive yet, you far exceeded the original goal of uniting 150 donors with an incredible turnout from 182 donors.
It’s not too late to donate!
An ideal future awaits
Through your generosity, we are able to weave prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth into a shared way of life at the monastery, throughout the greater Madison area and beyond.
Thank you to these #GivingTuesday donors!
Barb & Dan Abbott
Greg Armstrong &
Ann Baltes & Bill Rosholt
Sue & Charles Bradley
Carroll & Larry Bross
Mrs Stephanie & Reverend Tom Corum
Marie & Mike Crawford
Peg Davey & Tom Zanzig
Bob & Paula Dinndorf
Rita & Ed Emmenegger
Nancy & Gordon Enderle
Kathy Schlimgen & Bob Fillingame
Mrs Kathryn & Dr Jerry Folk
Jane Gogan & Gordon Hamnett
Toby Grabs & Jen Kobylecky
Karen Rose Gredler
Colleen & Kent Hartung
Mary Jon & Tom Hauge
Reverend Al Heggen &
Mrs Helen Christiansen
Patricia & Mark Herrling
Kathy & Neil Heskin
Peter Hoff & Paul Patenaude
Jason & Angelina Huett
Monica & Drew Jefcoat
Ilene Kelfer & Peter Lodde
Mary & Ray Kremer
Michel & Patrick McGettigan
Charles McLimans & Richard Merrion
Melanie & Ed McManus
Gordy & Kristy Meicher
Jayne Neuendorf & Al Reichenberger
Mary & Ed Peters
HollyBeth & Ronald Prince
Marian & David Quade
Peg Rasch & David Stute
Elaine & Dennis Schenborn
Phil Schleicher & Steve Schumacher
Sharon & James Schwarz
Tammy & Dion Shafer
Kathleen & Ron Shanovich
Adele & Kevin Sink
Paul Slota & Nancy Thompson
Neal & Diane Smith
Therese & Michael Stevens
Holly & Scott Stoner
Joan B Sullivan
Nancy & David Topp
Maureen & John Van Dinter
Sara & John Whalen
Joyce & Gary Wodka
Strategic Aspirations & Giving Examples
These aspirations and examples offer a glimpse of past needs and an ideal future for what Holy Wisdom Monastery and the community of communities need to achieve their aspirations and to serve the people of your community.
Prayer & worship
We aspire to be a beacon of Benedictine spirituality. The Rule of Benedict envisions a community that supports each person’s relationship with God and others. The Rule highlights a balance of daily work and prayer. All work is valued, provides service to others and is an opportunity for personal development.
- $10,000 provides new Liturgy of the Hours hymnals
- $3,600 covers tuition for two sisters to participate in professional development conference
- $1,000 maintains organ and piano for the year
- $500 per week provides AV technology and maintenance for live streaming
- $100 provides a stipend to a Sunday Assembly presider
Operational & environmental sustainability
We aspire to be sustainable in all of the monastery’s essential resources – human, natural, financial, and facility, which means that the monastery and prairie will be here for you as well as succeeding generations. This includes the sisters’ community, Sunday Assembly, Oblates, Friends of Wisdom Prairie, coworkers, neighbors, and all supporters of the monastery and the sacred grounds.
- $20,000 allows for purchase of a previously-owned work truck
- $3,000 provided two touchless eco-friendly water bottle fountains for guests and volunteers
- $1,000 per month allows us to acquire and maintain equipment, as well as supplies for worshiping and gathering spaces
- $600 provides funding to replace each Retreat and Guest House mattress
- $125 provides custodial supplies each month
Inclusivity, diversity & equity
We aspire to live ever more deeply into diversity, inclusivity and equity, so all may be one. We can truly become one by living in right relationship with each other and the earth.
- $1,900 supports four orphans in India through the SARTHI child-rights organization
- $500 provides a retreat experience to leaders through our new social justice initiative: Community Respite & Resiliency fund
- $350 provides 150 meals to Luke House guests
- $300 supports one family in the Hispanic Family Christmas Sharing Project
Monastery without walls
The Monastery without Walls brings liturgies, prayers, presentations, concerts and other programs to the comfort and safety of your home. Access to the deep well of the Holy Wisdom community becomes accessible wherever you are.
- $6,000-$150/retreat or event covers speaker fees for local, national and international speakers
- $500 sponsors one month of musical concert offering
- $400 covers one year of One License, a liturgical music copyright license for Sunday Assembly and daily prayer
- $130 covers a weekend retreat scholarship
- $80 provides one month of worship streaming and license
The land as a spirit-renewing resource
The 192 managed acres of prairie, woodlands, and Lost Lake, provides a natural environment which refreshes and deepens your spirit. The natural setting is also a serene outdoor learning lab for ecological education.
- $15,000 provides controlled annual burns of the prairie lead to renewed growth
- $10,000 sustains maintenance of our 4+ mile trail system
- $5,000 covers quarterly repair and replacement of restoration and preservation equipment
- $2,500 offers brush clearing and oak savanna restoration for one month
- $1,500 provides installation of informational kiosk at prairie entrance
- $1,500 provides snow removal per snow event (typically 35-40/season)
- $1,150 provides a controlled burn for 10 acres (60 acres are scheduled in the 2021 land management plan)
- $250 covers cost of educational lecturer
- $170 provides one week of lawn care for the monastery grounds