In the 19th century, the Duluth Benedictines founded ministries of health care and education. In recent years, we have moved from a position of ownership to one of sponsorship.
By doing so, we have promised to provide the foundational rock — our name, our values, and our own long record of stability — upon which other organizations can securely build. We thus share our own integrity and depth of commitment.
Today, the Sisters continue a formal relationship between the Monastery and three organizations: The College of St. Scholastica, the Benedictine Health System, and the Catholic entities of Essentia Health. In 2017, a Sponsor Council was formed with both Sisters and lay members. Their work will ensure that the Benedictine mission and values in Catholic health care and education continue through sponsorship.
The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) prepares students for a life of purpose and economic security by emphasizing the Catholic Benedictine values. Founded in 1912 on these values, the Sisters continue to teach and work at the College in Theology, Campus Ministry, and Mission Integration and serve on College boards. CSS enrollment is about 4,000. In a beautiful setting overlooking Lake Superior, the 186-acre Duluth campus has a mix of historic and new buildings that also include the Monastery and the Benedictine Living Community of Duluth.
The Benedictine Health System (BHS) is a Catholic, faith-based organization entrusted with advancing the life-enhancing senior care ministry of the Sisters. Headquartered in Duluth, BHS is a mission-based, non-profit health system. More than 35 BHS communities in six states provide exceptional Catholic senior care, with independent living and complete long-term care services for aging adults that include assisted living, memory care, and rehabilitation. The Sisters work closely with the Mission Integration department and the director of BHS to ensure the continuation of mission, values, and Catholicity at each community. Sisters also provide pastoral care to the Benedictine Living Community in Duluth and serve on various boards.
One of the many Catholic entities of Essentia Health is St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. This is a Level I Adult and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in Duluth, providing 24-hour emergency care and critical care. St. Mary’s provides holistic healing for all human life. St. Benedict’s humane approach to caring for the sick is carried on through all of Essentia’s Catholic-sponsored facilities through the guidance of the Sisters. The Sisters provide Mission Integration and pastoral care and serve on many boards throughout Essentia Health.