Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery (Methodist-Benedictine)

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Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery is a double monastery of The United Methodist Church located in the American city of Saint Joseph, Minnesota. [1] The guiding sources for the monastery include the Holy Bible, the Rule of Saint Benedict, the Benedictine Breviary, and Methodist texts such as The United Methodist Hymnal, The Book of Discipline, and the writings of John Wesley. [1]

Consultations to explore the possibility of creating an ecumenical monastic community began in 1984 and led to the founding in 1999 of Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery by Sister Mary Ewing Stamps, OSB, as a Methodist-Benedictine monastery for United Methodist women.[2] [3] The monastery was dedicated on the feast day of Saint Brigid in 2000 and by 2011 counted 16 members (14 Methodists), some ordained, both women and men, ranging in age from 23 to 82 years. [4]


  1. ^ a b "About the monastery". Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  2. ^ Cartwright, Michael (2004). Conversations Along the Way: St. Brigid of Kildare Methodist-Benedictine Consultation (PDF). University of Indianapolis. p. 38. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Affiliate Organizations of the General Board of Discipleship (2005-2008)". The United Methodist Church. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
    Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery
    Mary Stamps
    200 E. Minnesota St.
    St. Joseph, MN 56374-4620
    Phone: 320-363-1405
    GBOD Staff Contact: Jerry Haas,
    Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery is a Methodist-Benedictine residential monastery for women.
  4. ^ Patricia Lefevere. Methodist woman founds monastery. National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 1 October 2011. St. Brigid’s oblate group has grown to 16 members since the dedication of the monastery on St. Brigid’s feast in 2000. Besides Stamps, it counts another 13 United Methodists, one Catholic and one Disciples of Christ member. The ages of group members range from 23 to 82. One-third of them are men; half are ordained. The community continues to grow.

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