Benet Hill Monastery
Benet Hill Monastery is a monastic community of Roman Catholic women religious. They are rooted in over 1500 years of Benedictine Tradition founded by St. Benedict and St. Scholastica to “Seek God” in community. These women are committed to a life of simplicity, celibacy, reverence for all creation and a communal life of prayer, contemplation and discernment. The Benedictine presence in Colorado became well established in 1914 when the Benedictines came to Walsenburg, CO. and for many years taught in parochial and public schools in the San Luis Valley and along the Front Range. In 1960, the Benedictine Community of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS, purchased property in the Austin Bluffs Area of Colorado Springs. The Sisters opened Benet Hill Academy, a college preparatory school for young women in 1963. Benet Hill Priory became an independent Benedictine Community on June 14, 1965. The Benet Hill Community purchased acreage in the fall of 1965 in the Black Forest for a private community cemetery and a retreat space for the sisters. Over several years, more land was purchased and the Benet Pines retreat ministry grew and prospered. The Second Vatican Council (1962 -1965) had a profound influence upon the community! Faithful to the call for renewal, the study and implementation of the council documents became a priority within the community as well as for the laity. A number of sisters pursued graduate degrees in theology, scripture, spirituality and pastoral ministry. The “Document on Religious Life” provided the community the challenge to return to the spirit of their founders and embrace the renewal of Benedictine Monasticism. Faithful to the Benedictine call to peace, the sisters minister in social justice and reverence the dignity and value of each individual, especially women and children. All are welcomed to experience Benedictine hospitality and peace at Benet Hill and our missions. In 1982, Benet Hill Academy was closed due to declining enrollment. The community created an Adult Faith Formation Center, providing courses in spirituality, liturgical formation, religious education and hospitality. As a result of the Ecumenical Movement, Benet Hill became a “Sacred Space” for all faith traditions. In the late 90’s, through prayer, study and discernment, the sisters realized the Chelton site had become more challenging for the older members and the buildings no longer reflected the Mission of the community. Sister Leann explained, “All of our years here, we have slept in one house, eaten in another, prayed in another, worked in another and getting up and down this hillside is quite difficult for our older members.” In 2008, the community sold the property on Chelton Rd. and moved, in 2009, to Benet Pines at 3190 Benet Lane. The new Benet Hill Monastery, nestled within the ponderosa pines, is the perfect environment for living their Benedictine vocation to “Seek God in Community through work and prayer.” In a world seeking meaning and understanding, the monastery provides a space where all are welcome. Immediately upon entering the property the experience of Peace is pervasive.