Keeping in Touch


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We correspond with our families, friends, and benefactors a few times a year through U.S. mail with the assistance of friends and neighbors who gather to help us prepare the letters for mailing.  A recent letter from our Prioress, Sister Tonette Sperando, is reprinted below.


We also invite you to stay in touch with activities at Sacred Heart by reading our Community News web page and our bi-annual Community newsletter, the Benedictine Update.

We continually keep our families, friends and benefactors in our prayers.  Instructions for submitting prayer requests to the Sisters can be found in the prayer section of our website. 

Want to contact the Development Office? 

Telephone:  (256) 615-6071
E-Mail:         development [at]
U.S. Mail:     Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, AL
                    Attn. Development Office
                    916 Convent Rd.
                    Cullman, AL  35055



Our 2018 Annual Appeal letter that was sent to our friends and benefactors is below. We think of you, our web readers, as also being 'saints next door. 


If you would like to give to our Annual Appeal, please click the "Donate" button above, or use the printable contribution form.



August 15, 2018


Dear Friend,

In his apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad), Pope Francis speaks of “the saints next door” who humbly walk in the light of Christ giving joyful witness to the goodness of God through daily actions that reveal Christ’s love.

You are a “saint next door” for others. Each day, you strive to give glory to God through kind and uplifting words shared with your family members. You are that “saint next door” when you show patience and cooperation with your co-workers. Your active service at shelters or donation of food items to the hungry give glory to God, as do your prayers and actions for peace and justice for the sake of our neighborhoods, our country and our world.

Added to all you already do in your own daily lives, you also generously journey with the Sisters of our community in giving praise and glory to God through our monastic way of life. As our community philosophy states, “we are called to be holy, to witness joyfully to God's presence and love, and to be a prophetic sign against the evils of our day.” With your generosity, you help us to do that. With your support, we are better able to discern and respond to the needs of the Church today by “praying, promoting good liturgy, proclaiming God's Word, witnessing community, receiving guests, teaching, healing, and working for peace and justice.”

In this year’s Annual Appeal, we invite you to join us in our Benedictine way of responding to Pope Francis’ call to holiness -- to strive to give honor and glory to God in all of our actions of love and service, whether to each other or to the people of God in our midst. Your contributions will assist us in the following ways:

* Increase awareness of our Benedictine charism by using public relations, marketing and media resources
* Care for our Sisters through the purchase of new hospital beds for the infirmary
* Continue implementation of the comprehensive landscaping plan with initiation of projects that improve the entry circle and steps in front of Ottilia Hall
* Preserve our historical data by providing special archive equipment and materials, including five 4-drawer, fireproof file cabinets; archivist training, and computer software
* Improve kitchen service to both the Sisters and Retreat Center guests with a new double convection oven
* Refurbish outdoor furniture used by guests
* Participate in educational opportunities to deepen our spiritual and professional base so we may continue to respond to the needs of God’s people
* Enhance our liturgies, both at the monastery and at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, with new holy water fonts, vestments, and altar cloths

How blessed we are by “saints next door.” Thank you for responding to Pope Francis’ call to holiness by the many ways you give witness to Christ’s love in your daily life.

In Christ’s peace,

Sister Tonette Sperando, OSB

Bless the Lord, my soul; all my being, bless God’s holy name! Bless the Lord, my soul; and do not forget all God’s gifts. Psalm 103:1-2