Monasteries of the Heart

When you become a member of Monasteries of the Heart you receive free weekly practices that can help you develop a monastic spirituality—prayer, lectio (reflective reading), good works, study and community. You also receive free inspirational words each week from three monastic blogs, including one by Sister Joan Chittister. And you join a worldwide community whose members discuss meaningful issues and are intent on impacting the times.

A Seeker's Path

By Joan Chittister

A Buddhist Meditation

My favorite line
I am Peace
surrounded by Peace
secure in Peace.

My reflection
I must tell myself this:
Peace is the ability
to hear the other,

Sample Lectio

Sit with this icon, Romero by Robert Lentz, in a prayerful setting. What does the icon say to me? What feelings or thoughts does it evoke? What is God’s message for me as I reflect on it?

In addition to new weekly content, Monasteries of the Heart offers regular online courses, retreats and book discussions. While some of this curriculum content is free, many of the courses and retreats have a small fee. Courses and retreats usually include several emails a week, exclusive video or audio content and a facilitated discussion.

Course or Retreat in session now

Instruction on monastic spirituality and way of life is essential if members of Monasteries of the Heart are to carry forward and keep alive the ancient Benedictine tradition.

Sacred Music of Lent
Sacred Music of Lent
Sister Jean Wolbert

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world,” wrote Martin Luther. You can experience the treasure of both Scripture and music in Sacred Music of Lent, a four-week eRetreat at Monasteries of the Heart. Erie Benedictine Sister Jean Wolbert, an accomplished musician and former liturgy director for the monastery, invites you to immerse yourself in sacred music this Lent and deepen your holy season experience.