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. . . Spreading the Light of the World Through Our Benedictine Charism

  • Sister Mary Clark's Perpetual Profession Sister Mary Clark's Perpetual Profession S. Mary reads her vow formula
  • Sister Mary Clark's Perpetual Profession Sister Mary Clark's Perpetual Profession S. Mary receives her ring
  • Sister Mary Clark's Perpetual Profession Sister Mary Clark's Perpetual Profession S. Joanna blesses S. Mary
  • Sister Mary Clark's Perpetual Profession Sister Mary Clark's Perpetual Profession St Gertrude High School students with S. Mary after singing during the ceremony
  • New Postulant Philonese Keithley New Postulant Philonese Keithley Philonese with S. Cecilia Dwyer, prioress
  • New Postulant Philonise Keithley New Postulant Philonise Keithley Philonese is congratulated by S. Anita
  • New Novice S. Julia Elena Abdala New Novice S. Julia Elena Abdala S. Julia during ceremony in prayer circle with S. Cecilia, while the community looks on
  • Our Women in Formation Our Women in Formation S. Karen Lynn Watkins, Philonise Keithley, S. Julia Elena Abdala, S. Lilliane Norman, S. Pat Novak, S. Andrea Westkamp, S. Shirley Arce and S. Joanna Burley

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

The Bristow Bulletin


Appalachia Mission: Linton Hall School students and the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia make a difference, taking a truck full of collected clothing, household items, new socks, hats, gloves, tooth brushes and undergarments to the people of Appalachia.

Sister Anita celebrates her 95th! with a big celebration at the monastery.

Labor Day Weekend ceremonies: Perpetual Monastic Profession, New Novice and New Postulant!

Community Logo

The logo of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia was designed for the 125th anniversary of the community's founding in 1868. It is based on the medal of Saint Benedict which is common to the Benedictine Order throughout the world. In the angles formed by the arms of the Cross are the letters C.S.P.B. which signify Cross of Holy Father Benedict.
 Saint Benedict Monastery | 9535 Linton Hall Road | Bristow, VA 20136 | 703-361-0106