“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”
In history, Benedictine monks played an important role as messengers of the Gospel. The Missionary Benedictine Congregation of St. Ottilien was founded in Germany in 1884. In March 1935, the first three monks came from the Abbey of Muensterschwarzach in Germany to Schuyler, Nebraska, in order to ask the American people to support the work of Missionary Benedictines around the world. At that time, the Nazis made raising funds for the missions impossible in Germany. The monks traveled all over the United States visiting people and requesting their help for the manifold projects and ministries of the Missionary Benedictines around the globe. Even today, many pastoral and social projects in the twenty-two countries in which the Missionary Benedictines live and work, receive significant help through the Benedictine Mission House. In 1985, the monastery was named Christ the King Priory and established as a simple priory. The monastic community currently consists of eight monks, five priests and three brothers.
In the early 1990's, we monks thought about widening our apostolate and responding more to the needs of those around us in the Heartland. We built St. Benedict Center in order to share our spirituality and hospitality with people in the Midwest. This Center is meant to be our way of saying ‘thank you’ and of giving something back to the people of Nebraska and from around the country who for decades have supported the foreign missions. St. Benedict Center, opened in 1997, is a modern, architecturally beautiful retreat and conference facility which offers sacred ground in the midst of Nebraska’s farmland.
Thank you for the years of help, support, and guidance ... the Monks of Schuyler, Nebraska. We hope you enjoy St. Benedict Center.