Cemetery for the Monastery


 This photograph is of the Monastery's cemetery in 1900. The monastery cemetery is separate from the parish cemetery for the Church of St. Joseph. Both cemeteries lie along the west side of County Road 121.


Photographs of Mother Benedicta Riepp's grave (2012). An earlier photo can be found here.

The first photograph from the left is her full grave.

The middle picture is the grave marker which reads:

Benedicta Riepp
Nata.28 Jun.1825
Prof.9 Jul.'46 [age 21]
Mort.15 Mart.1862  [age 36]

The plaque at the foot of her gave is shown in the third picture and reads:

Mother Benedicta (Sybilla) Riepp, OSB
Foundress of Benedictine Women in America

  • Born in Waal, Bavaria/Germany, in 1825
  • Came to Pennsylvania from St. Walburg Abbey in Eichstatt, Bavaria, in 1852
  •  Arrived in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in 1858
  • By the time of her death in 1862, Benedictine convents had been founded in St. Marys and Erie, Pennsylvania; Newark, New Jersey; St. Cloud, Minnesota; Covington, Kentucky; and Chicago, Illinois


Mother Benedicta died in 1862 and was originally buried in St. Cloud. In 1884, her remains were moved to the cemetery in St. Joseph.