ST. JOSEPH -- This week in our Behind the Scenes series on WJON, we hang with the sisters at the Saint Benedict's Monastery.

Sister Cecelia Prokosch says the Monastery has been apart of St. Joseph for over a century and the sister's once staffed 57 schools in the area.

"We have been here for 158 years," says Prokosch. "Our sister's came from Bavaria to St. Mary's in Pennsylvania then to here in Minnesota."

As you first enter the gathering space of the you are greeted by three sculpture that represent the hinges of benediction life - Prayer, community and work.

As you travel through the double doors you make your way into the chapel.

"It's beautiful, it's awesome, it's grand but when the people are here it becomes more earthy," says Prokosch.

At the other end of the chapel is the monastery where about 135 sister's live.

Housing for the sisters are on the top floors. On the main floor is the business office and the liturgy office.

"In 1883 Benedict hall ran through here before the chapel was even though of so the end of this hallway was like the back door of the monastery," says Prokosch.

Down in the basement is where you will find the kitchen and dinning room. But just past that is the oratory, which is directly below the gathering space, that is used for prayer.

"We gather during the week at  7:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and then at 7:00 p.m.," says Prokosch.

The final floor holds the archive room which holds many pieces of their history.


The front gate on the Monastery that is home to 135 sisters. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News).