Mission Statement:We, the Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery of Colorado Springs, CO., are a contemporary Benedictine monastic presence. We provide the sacred space of hospitality and the use of our human and material resources in education, spirituality, and other viable ministries. We do this with all God's people and with a special emphasis for women.
While the Benedictine Order was founded by St. Benedict in the 500s, it was not until 1852 that the first Benedictine women came to the United States from Germany to minister to the educational needs of German immigrants. Benedictine women continued this tradition and came to Colorado in 1914 as teachers, serving in both public and Catholic schools in southern Colorado and working mainly with poor, Hispanic children. In 1963 the Sisters established a new community and also opened the Benet Hill Academy for girls in Colorado Springs. They also established the Benet Pines retreat center and cemetery in the Black Forest which now serve as home to the monastery and larger retreat and meeting facilities.
Sisters now offer a spiritual direction certification program called the Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program (BSFP), Scripture study, Contemplative Vision and classes in catechism and liturgy. The Benedictine Spirituality Formation Program is also offered in Denver and the Whitewater Benedictine Community near Grand Junction, Colorado. In recent years this signature program has moved online, offered globally to 26 students in 16 states and countries as far and wide as Australia and Kenya.
The new building opened in 2009, and was built using local materials and modern designs to take advantage of passive energy-saving resources. It is designed with the two anchors of Benedictine life, common prayer and common table, the chapel and the dining room on each end of the structure. Between these two, the building is shaped like an embrace. The embrace reaches out to the warmth of the southern sun, the shape of the land and to all elements of life, creating positive space.
"I have known the Benet Hill Benedictines most of my life since they were good friends of grandparents and parents. My family and I have continued that friendship. We support the Mission Outreach of the Monastery. We believe that the retreats, seminars, and workshops they offer are a blessing for those in search of deepening their faith or finding it. I know that by donating to the Benet Hill Community I help them continue to offer their gifts to all who come to them."
Shari & Kevin Silva, Colorado Springs
"The Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program has taught me how to listen more deeply to others, to the Spirit, and to myself. It also has been an opportunity to develop a community with my classmates, teachers, and instructors during the last two years. I am most grateful for the hospitality of Benet Hill."
Rev. Karen Matuska, Colorado Springs
"It just seems that so many people who are grieving are attracted to Centering Prayer. Having lost a daughter, I too needed a way to go deeper and really KNOW God as tangible and within me and to know that part of me that will not die and to know that GIFT is the same for my daughter. My Centering Prayer practice of eight years has allowed me that deepening closeness to God, a comfort in "knowing" my daughter now and a growing sense of peace. I believe this came about through my consent in the prayer. It has been for me a life-giving practice."
Linda Smith, Class Participant
"I felt the serenity and the welcome the minute I stepped into the monastery. Even though I am not Catholic I appreciate the openness to one God. I felt peaceful in the room with the stained glass and loved the gardens and the mosaics."
"I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of spirituality the sisters embrace-that is refreshing."
"The sisters have a humbling 'servant's heart' which is very inspirational in our fast-paced world."
"We are tied to the Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery: for the goodness, kindness, repose, and nourishment that we receive from them." John and Liz Wolf
"Our contributions to support the Sisters of Benet Hill are founded on their belief in service to others, their commitment to the community at large, and the examples of Christian spirit they live out daily." Alan and Eileen Johnson
"...my heart has found a place of welcome and repose..." Benet Hill Monastery volunteer