Our Mission is to seek God in a monastic community, prayer and active ministry. We freely and generously open our lives and monastery to others in hospitality as we place ourselves in service to God and the larger community.
All are Welcome!The Benedictine calling is to listen prayerfully and respond with the compassion of Christ to the physical, spiritual, intellectual, social and emotional hungers of the people of God.
"Benedictine spirituality offers more a way of life and an attitude of mind than it does a set of religious prescription. It deals with the meaning and purpose of life. It is the logic daily life From The Rule of Benedict - Insights for the Ages
by Sister Joan Chittister, OSB
A very nice gentleman on a personal retreat stopped by the Advancement Office. Settling the bill was on his
mind. When asked if his stay was good, he replied “Yes, it was a meaningful couple of days.” It seems that he
had some very real questions for God and thought being at Holy Name would be helpful in resolving what was
troubling him. Hesitating for a moment, further explanation centered on the fact that answers were received.
He seemed surprised yet pleased. ‘You know,’ he explained, ‘sometimes it takes much longer for God to
respond, but this was fairly quick.’ With a big smile, the gentleman bid us farewell.”
Faith Pridmore – October 2017
We moms care for everyone – our children, husband, parents, friends, and neighbors. Caring for others and big
decisions that have been weighing me down regarding graduate school, a very stressful job, and marital issues,
have kept me from sleep and thinking clearly.My stay at the monastery was not planned nor was it what I expected, but the experience was profound. My
stress level and insomnia were just accepted as part of my life. I never dreamed that spending time in such a
quiet, peaceful place would bring such peace and awareness. The Sisters were incredibly nurturing and service
oriented. Though not Catholic, I even decided to attend prayers and Mass. It was definitely God’s plan for me
to be here! I’m grateful for a path and a new sensitivity to the importance of prayer and reflection in my life. In
telling friends about the experience, they said it sounds like a “Spiritual B&B.”
Kristina Moore – August 2017
Going to a monastery has always been on my bucket list. Gifted for Mother’s Day by my husband for a retreat
with the Benedictine Sisters of Florida proved to be the best Mother’s Day I ever had. I enjoyed the solitude
and opportunity to connect with God. I prayed, walked on the Prayer Path, journaled, did the stations of the
cross through the assistance of one of the Sisters, and learned the Benedictine way of being aware of the
presence of God through nature. It was salve for my weary soul.
Karen Culbertson – May 2018
The loss of my dear husband Jerry this past September and my beloved monastery to which I belonged as an Oblate for 40 years in New York have been challenging. But recently the Spirit led me to Holy Name. Truly a haven for this searching soul. The Sisters’ warm welcome, the prayerful chapel, the flourishing roses and aquaponic greenhouse, the privilege of my hands in the soil. At last, at last the welcome to weed God’s gardens, to care for the earth amid the calls of the wood storks, the smell of the newly mowed meadow, the celestial starlight. And on top of all these gifts, Sister Miriam, my new Spiritual Director. Des Gratias!