Our Community

From Eichstatt in Bavaria, a small group of Sisters traveled to St. Marys, Pennsylvania, to form the first Benedictine women's community in the U.S.  From this initial foundation in 1852, other communities of Benedictine women in the United States were founded, including ones in Kentucky and Florida. Eight Sisters from each of these two communities came together in 1902 to form the Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, Alabama.

The seeds planted by our original Sisters in the cotton fields of Cullman have grown into a beautiful, blessed space called Sacred Heart Monastery. On this good ground we live and work together in a monastic community dedicated to prayer, community living, prophetic witness to God’s love, and hospitality.  The love of Christ impels us, our Catholic faith nourishes us, our hope in God sustains us, the spirit of St. Benedict inspires us. 

With genuine Benedictine hospitality, we invite you to seek God with us as a welcome guest on these web pages.