New growth has a habit of springing to life at Holy Wisdom Monastery in  Madison, Wisconsin—and that’s fine with the Benedictine sisters who  reside there. “If Benedict were living, would he insist that everything  be done just the way it was done in 480? Hardly,” laughs Sister Joanne  Kollasch, who has seen plenty of change since she joined the community  almost 60 years ago.
In 1998 Holy Wisdom became the first Catholic monastery in the country  to become ecumenical, extending full membership to single women of all  Christian traditions—not just Roman Catholics. And in 2010 the sisters’  new monastery became one of the greenest buildings in the nation,  earning Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)  certification from the U.S. Green Building Council—an honor awarded to  fewer than 5 percent of LEED-certified buildings. Keep reading …
(Image by Marie Mainguy)

New growth has a habit of springing to life at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Madison, Wisconsin—and that’s fine with the Benedictine sisters who reside there. “If Benedict were living, would he insist that everything be done just the way it was done in 480? Hardly,” laughs Sister Joanne Kollasch, who has seen plenty of change since she joined the community almost 60 years ago.

In 1998 Holy Wisdom became the first Catholic monastery in the country to become ecumenical, extending full membership to single women of all Christian traditions—not just Roman Catholics. And in 2010 the sisters’ new monastery became one of the greenest buildings in the nation, earning Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council—an honor awarded to fewer than 5 percent of LEED-certified buildings. Keep reading …

(Image by Marie Mainguy)