Abbey of St. Walburga

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The Benedictine Order is the oldest religious order in the Western Church having been founded in the early 6th Century by St. Benedict. St. Benedict’s “little rule for beginners,” as he calls it, has lasted for over 1500 years because of his flexibility and insight into human nature. St. Benedict tells us to “prefer nothing to the work of God”– the daily rhythm of praying the psalms in the Divine Office. The Divine Office, is part of the liturgy of the Church, which is the heart of the Christian culture. In this exalted form of prayer we bring all of creation together into the praise of God. The Abbey of St. Walburga was founded in 1935 from the Abtei St. Walburg in Eichstatt, Germany. Three sisters from our motherhouse were sent to Boulder, Colorado to establish a monastery that was to be a potential place of refuge for the nuns in Germany from the Nazi regime. The nuns bought, at a very low price, what had been declared “un-farmable” land by the monks who owned it. With great determination and trust in God, the three sisters, later accompanied by several more nuns, not only turned the land into a flourishing farm, but also set the ground work for a vibrant, joyful community of nuns who live faithful lives of service to the Church through prayer, praise, and conversion.

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