Monday, February 9, 2009


In the early 1900s the Vatican mandated the organization of US Benedictine houses of women into federations. Today there are four federations in the US with a total of 50-55 monasteries and 2,500-2,600 members. The prioresses of these houses meet twice a year--the gatherings overseen by a president of the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses (CBP). Last week Sr. Christine Vladimiroff of our community was elected for a 4-year term as this president. Each of the four federation presidents serves as a council with the CBP president.

During the last 30 years the CBP has issued a number of statements--on both civic and church issues--on behalf of Benedictine women in the United States. They have also organized and released a number of publications on topics of contemporary interest to Benedictine women of our time. The president herself represents American Benedictine women at international monastic gatherings and events, as well as serving as the organizer of national meetings and occasions.

P.S. There are also about 20 houses of Benedictine women in the US that are either independent or, more likely, associated with a federation or congregation in Europe. For "all things Benedictine" worldwide, go to

Federation of St. Benedict
Federation of St. Gertrude
Federation of St. Scholastica
Ben. Sisters of Perpetual Adoration