Who and How Are We Called to Serve?

The College of Saint Benedict was founded over 100 years ago. In the early days, the college trained and educated Benedictine sisters so they could earn the degrees they needed to serve as teachers in towns, villages and reservations throughout Minnesota and westward into Utah. The college also served laywomen – daughters of hard-working German farm families in search of education and the empowerment that comes with it.

As the college and the world have grown, the faces of the women we serve have changed. And so have the ways in which we serve them. The constant threads have been the Benedictine foundations of our community and our steadfast commitment to the liberal arts.

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, who said: ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ (Matt. 25:35).” - RB 53.1

An Interview with Josephine Zehnle Terwey

Josephine Zehnle Terwey ’39 talks with Mary about the welcoming community she found when arriving at Saint Ben’s in the midst of the Great Depression. She also tells of a summer spent in service in Harlem – and the two young women she met there who would go on to change the face of Saint Ben’s forever.


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