Go to Joseph.

– Genesis 41:55

Moving Toward Single-Phase Construction

We are daily renewed in our amazement at God’s blessing and your generosity. The momentum continues to build, and the prospect of building in a single phase is looking more and more possible each day. We’re not there yet, and we still need a lot of help, including in-kind donations (refer to the list below for further details), but the progress is encouraging.

We know that St. Joseph is hard at work for our project, behind the scenes. Please continue to join us in asking for his intercession in particular. During this liturgical year in his honor, we are turning to him with even greater zeal than usual.

We have included here some links to prayers to this great saint:

St. Joseph Prayer | EWTN
Litany of St. Joseph | EWTN

Please pray with and for us and help us as you can. For more information about ways to assist us, please refer to our Participate page.

Seeking In-Kind Donations

We are delving into materials selections as we work to complete the full design of the monastery … and so we are now in a better position to request and receive material donations.

Our current in-kind wish list is below. If you or anyone you know of might be able to help us find these materials at a reduced price or as an outright donation, please let us know.

  • 12” and 8” CMU block
  • Brick
  • Stone veneer
  • Brick veneer
  • Landscape pavers
  • Landscape stone
  • Gravel
  • Gravel driveway grid/mesh
  • Retaining way stone
  • Concrete
  • Slate or clay tile roofing
  • Copper or zinc gutters and downspouts
  • Awnings
  • Window shutters (exterior, operable)
  • Clay floor tiles
  • Porcelain or ceramic floor and wall tiles
  • Stone floor tiles
  • Plaster: clay, slaked lime, Gypsum, Venetian
  • Blueboard
  • Greenboard
  • Timber for millwork, applied beams, ceilings, flooring
  • Reclaimed or rustic wood doors
  • Aged lumber or barn wood
  • Cast iron, bronze or copper hardware for furnishings, cabinets, & doors; knobs, pulls, bars, racks, hinges, locks, etc.
  • Cast iron radiators
  • Butcher block and stone for tabletops and countertops
  • Services: Finish carpentry; millwork

For more information or to share your ideas with us, please Contact us.

Media Links

“Cloistered Religious and the Common Good”
Bridge Builder Podcast; 7 March, 2021

“The Monastery and Evangelization”
Blazing the Trail Podcast; 24 February, 2021

“Making a Monastery”
Spectrum News 1; 14 February, 2021

“Cistercian Nuns and the Fermentation Fest”
WI State Journal; 28 September, 2020

“Living Life as a Cloistered Cistercian Nun”
Blessed Is She Blog; 20 February, 2020

“Cistercian Nuns Seek Help”
Catholic News Agency; 30 January, 2020

“Valley of Our Lady In Need of a New Monastery”
Sancrucensis Post; 28 January, 2020

“Sisters Find Grace in the Challenges”
Global Sisters Report; 16 December, 2019

“Drawing Our Will Into God’s”
St Paul-Minneapolis Catholic Spirit; 5 November, 2019

“Cistercian Sisters Seek Prayer and Support”
Madison Catholic Herald; 9 October, 2019

“Enclosed in Silence: Cistercians’ Life of Prayer Draws Millennial Women”
National Catholic Register; 3 June, 2019

“The Rediscover: Hour,” Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis
Radio interview; 29 March, 2019

Their goal was: quaerere Deum. Amid the confusion of the times, in which nothing seemed permanent, they wanted to do the essential – to make an effort to find what was perennially valid and lasting, life itself.  They were searching for God.

–Pope Benedict XVI

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