St. Walburg Monastery

We Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, faithful to our monastic profession, seek God in community, prayer and work.

We celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ and serve him in all God's people, the young and the old, the sick and the poor, the stranger and the guest.

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Save the Date for the The Nifty Fifty Celebration and Flea Market on June 14, 2014 on Amsterdam Rd. in Villa Hills

       To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Madonna Manor, Villa Madonna Academy, Villa Madonna Montessori, Madonna Manor and St. Walburg Monastery will be hosting a festival and flea market on Saturday, June 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will take place on the grounds of Villa Madonna Academy and Madonna Manor located at 2500 Amsterdam Road and 2344 Amsterdam Rd, Villa Hills, KY.

       The public can browse through great bargains on various items that the Benedictine sisters, residents and families will be selling.  All funds raised will benefit the four communities participating.  

       This community flea market will emphasize reusing and giving. While fostering a strong sense of community, it will also be a great opportunity for people to meet others connected with the four community organizations on Amsterdam Road and support the 50th anniversary of Madonna Manor
       In addition to flea market treasures for sale, face-painting, music and baked goods will be available. For more information, call or email Sr. Deborah Harmeling, OSB (St. Walburg Monastery) at 859-331-6771 or, Janet Baugh(Villa Madonna Academy) at 859-331-6333 or or Nancy Philips (Madonna Manor) at 859-426-6400 or



Holy Week Schedule at St. Walburg Monastery

You are welcome to join us for any services.

Palm Sunday

               Morning Prayer 9:00 am

               Eucharist, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s
                        Passion 9:30 am

Holy Thursday

               Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30 pm

Good Friday

               Morning Prayer 9:00 am

               Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
                    2:30 pm

Holy Saturday

               Morning Prayer 9:00 am

               Easter Vigil 8:30 pm

Easter Sunday

               Morning Prayer 8:50 am

               Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord
                         9:30 am**

**If you plan to attend Easter Sunday, please call or email Sr. Deborah at 331-6771 or so we have the appropriate number of chairs set up in the chapel.



Helen Kiffmeyer, who had a long association with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery died on April 1, 2014. She was a member of the original Oblate group joining in 1985 and making her first Oblation in 1987. Please remember her and her family in your prayers. For more information about Helen, click here.

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg are offering a weekend retreat for women.

Encountering Christ in the Psalms

May 16-18, 2014

Begins 5:00 pm Friday; ends 1:30 pm Sunday

Retreat Team: Sisters Dorothy Schuette and Martha Walther, OSB

Cost: $175.00 (includes private room and meals)

For more information contact Sr. Dorothy Schuette at 859-291-2288;

To view brochure, click here.



Mar. 29
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery are pleased to announce that they have re-elected Sr. Mary Catherine Wenstrup, OSB to serve as prioress for four more years. Please keep her and the community in your prayers. Pictured (left to right) are: Sr. Glenna Smith, OSB, president of the Federation of St. Scholastica who presided over the canonical election, Sr. Mary Catherine Wenstrup and Sr. Susan Quaintance, OSB of St. Scholastica Monastery in Chicago, Illinois who was the facilitator of the discernment process.

Click here to read the Winter Spring 2014 issue of the Oblate Newsletter.


On Saturday, January 18, the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery officially welcomed Patty Bickett (left in picture) to the residency program. Sr. Mary Catherine, Wenstrup, prioress is pictured with Patty. We are pleased that Patty is here to discern her call to monastic life with us.


Click here to read the Winter 2013 issue of LEAVEN

Click here for the brochure with 2013 updated rates for the St. Walburg Monastery Guest House.

Click here to read the Summer 2013 issue of LEAVEN.

Click here to read the Spring 2013 issue of the Oblates' Newsletter.

To view the Villa Montessori School slide show on YouTube,

 click here.


To view the 2013 Statement on Immigration passed

by the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses

February 4, 2013, click here.



Arcadia Press has published The

Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg


To order a copy, email Sr.

Deborah Harmeling at or call her

 at 859-331-6771.

Proceeds from the book go to

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg


You can review the first chapter of the

 book at or







We have a  St. Walburg Monastery blog entitled Reflections from the School

for the Lord's Service. It is a multi-voice blog with different sisters posting every week. New posts will go up on

 Wednesdays. Click here to read.





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