About Benet Hill

Benet Hill Monastery was established in Colorado Springs, Colorado as a foundation of Mt. St. Scholastica located in Atchison, Kansas. Benet Hill is rooted in over 1500 years of the Benedictine Tradition that was born in the hearts of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica, “To Seek God in community.”

 Benedictine women arriving in Colorado in 1914 have been faithful to the Benedictine motto: Ora Et Labora, Work and Pray. The sisters have provided a broad range of educational and spiritual services over the past 95 years to the People of God in Colorado and in other parts of the world. They served as teachers and administrators in schools from the San Luis Valley to the Mile High City. They founded and staffed schools in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Lakewood, Colorado.

 Since the 1970’s Benet Hill sisters have served in a variety of parish and diocesan ministries throughout Colorado and nearby states. They have also held leadership positions in human services and educational institutions.

In 1963, the sisters founded Benet Hill Academy and for 20 years provided more than 2,000 girls
with a college-preparatory academic education. With the closing of the Academy, in 1982 the sister’s, ever faithful to listening to God’s voice with the “Ear of their Hearts”, opened an Adult Faith Formation Center in 1982.

Benet Hill Center has continuously offered an educational and formational curriculum that has
empowered thousands of Adult Lay Christians to deepen their Baptismal call to Holiness and the spreading of the Gospel. Heeding the directive of our Vatican II Church and responding to the “Issues of our Day”, Benet Hill has sponsored programs in Sacramental, Scriptural and Liturgical Studies, Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Direction and Retreats. Programs are open to all Faith Traditions.

Continuing the Benedictine commitment to Lay Formation, these programs are now offered at the Benet Hill Monastery’s Benet Pines Ministry Center, situated in a rural woodland, contemplative setting located in the northeast area of Colorado Springs. In order to extend the spirituality programs to individuals located anywhere in the country who are not able to travel to Benet Pines, Benet Pines Ministry staff has developed ministry programs to be presented on-line through distance learning technology beginning in 2009.

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We, the Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery, journeying together, are called to seek God in the daily celebration of life. Recognizing our giftedness, we listen and respond through creative prayer and life-giving service

We, the Benedictine Sisters of Colorado Springs, Colorado, are impelled by the Word of God to listen and respond to the issues of our times. Reverencing all creation, we will be radical signs of God’s love and compassion and use our resources in service with all God’s people, especially the poor and oppressed.

We are a contemporary Benedictine Monastic presence. We provide the sacred space of hospitality and the use of our hresources in education, spirituality, and other viable ministries. We do this with all God’s people and with a special emphasis on women.

  • Seeking God through a life of prayer

  • Searching with other seekers

  • Living in community

  • Being of loving service to others

  • Reaching out through hospitality

  • Embracing a simple lifestyle

We are committed to carry on our Benedictine charism and tradition into that future with the hope of contributing to the transformation of our world and society.

Benet Hill is a community that supports and challenges all who come and share our lives. We are Benedictine women who give special attention to our liturgical celebrations. We believe in the special giftedness of women and promote their full participation in church and society.

We work to act justly, love tenderly and to walk humbly with God within our community and with all God’s people. Some of our ministries include:

  • Spirituality

  • Retreats

  • The Arts

  • Pastoral Ministries

  • Health Care

  • Counseling

  • Education

  • Peace and Justice

As Benedictine women, we give priority to the contemplative dimension of life through an atmosphere of prayerfulness and quiet.