Join us for our 2023 Biennial Conference!  The Rule of Benedict provides guideposts for those seeking God in community.   What deeper guidance can it give us as we share our Benedictine gifts with those who come to our retreat centers?  Using the image of a trellis as the guide for our organic growth, we bring our questions and concerns to the wisdom of the Rule as presented by Sister Judith Sutera, OSB.

Retreat Center at a Benedictine Monastery



Dates:  August 21 (travel day)

to August 24 (travel day), 2023 

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Hosted by Abbey Guest Center

Conception, Missouri

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Our Speaker:  Sister Judith Sutera, OSB


Sister Judith’s Books and Honors

Sister Judith Sutera, OSB,  is a member of the Benedictine monastery of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, KS.  After earning undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology, she earned a master’s degree in counseling and later a master’s degree in monastic theology.  She is editor of Magistra,  an academic journal of women’s spiriutality in history and of The American Monastic Newsletter.  She has also served on the national steering committee for the Conference on the History of Women Religious and of the North American board of the international Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, and is on the advisory board of its international online journal, Diletato Corde.
A director for lay oblates, she also teaches novitiate courses in monastic spirituality and works with the Sophia Retreat Center in Atchison.  The author of several spirituality books and numerous articles, she has given many presentations, retreats and workshops for religious communities, academic conferences, non-Catholic theology schools, initial formation groups and lay retreat centers in the United Sates and elsewhere.  Her most recent work is the first inclusive language English version of the Rule of St. Benedict. 

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Go to 2021 Biennial Conference to look at the activities of previous gatherings.