Embracing a life of contemplative prayer and merciful works, we, the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, warmly share our Benedictine Charism with all who seek peace through understanding and a deepening spirituality.
Daily life in the monastery is comprised of communal prayer, meaningful ministry and the sharing of our common life. Praying the psalms, or the Liturgy of the Hours, at morning, midday and evening, we bring the needs of our world to the timeless praise of God.
Common meals, household chores, and holy leisure round out the monastic life. Essentially, we are sanctified by the daily - by seeking God in the everyday moments of life lived simply with gratitude and joy.
Some of our meaningful ministries focus upon helping our most vulnerable populations become self-sufficient and productive are:
- Transitional Housing BARN, a program for homeless mothers and their children
- BEACON, an adult literacy program focused on helping low-income immigrants learn English
- Benedictine Pastoral Center (BPC) offers workshops and spiritual direction to help individuals deepen their personal relationships with God
- Benedictine Counseling Services (BCS), located in Richmond, provides mental health therapy, including grief and bereavement counseling and workshops, EMDR therapy, couples therapy, as well as, end of life therapy
Our two schools—Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond and Linton Hall School, elementary and pre-school in Bristow—celebrated 90 years of education rich in Benedictine tradition and continue to promote a balance of spiritual, academic and personal exploration that enriches the lives of students, parents, faculty and staff.
Your generosity to our Annual Appeal helps to support our life of quiet prayer and reflection and enables us to continue our merciful works and ministries throughout the year.
Read the 2013 Appeal Letter from Sister Cecilia Dwyer, Prioress, Benedictine Sisters of Virginia