Our story began in 2014 when three Benedictine communities in North and South Dakota chose to do together what none could do alone: initiate a regionally collaborative volunteer program. On December 1, 2014, Benedictine Volunteers came to life with the generous support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation through From Service to Sisterhood, now VOCARE, an initiative of the Catholic Volunteer Network. This support gave us the start-up seed money to create Benedictine Volunteers because we believe in religious life, the value of volunteer service, and discernment of call. The Spirit of God has been so deeply experienced throughout this journey of birthing new life together. Benedictine Volunteers models one way Sisters, volunteers, and lay persons can work together to make a difference in the world. Our communities look forward to walking with each woman on her personal journey towards becoming and unfolding into the person God uniquely created her to be!
We are a collaborative Catholic women’s volunteer program established by Benedictine communities in North and South Dakota. Our vision is to inspire a spirit of service and discernment by which each volunteer fully realizes the unique call God has placed in her heart to joyfully animate the world with God’s love, compassion, and justice.
Benedictine Volunteers fosters the personal and spiritual development of women ages 20-58 who are discerning their life’s call and/or a possible call to religious life by providing enriching and broadening service experiences in a Benedictine environment. Benedictine volunteers extend the heart and hands of the community by reaching out with the Sisters to serve the needs of the Church and world.