Monastery of the Order of St. Benedict

Located in West St. Paul, the residence and monastery of the religious congregation of the Order of St. Benedict was in need of extensive maintenance work.

Given the advancing age of its members, the community of Benedictine Sisters of Winnipeg called on Réseau Compassion Network to support them in the next important chapter of their lives, a move from the monastery they had called home for decades.

As a result, eleven nuns officially moved from their West St. Paul residence to 419 Youville Street in St. Boniface in July 2023. The new monastery took just over a year to build, and is managed by Réseau Compassion Network with the input and cooperation of the Sisters, who have signed a ten-year lease.

Their monastery in West St. Paul was turned over in a gesture of reconciliation to the Southeast Resource Development Council (SERDC), an organization representing eight Indigenous communities. “SERDC focuses on the well-being, health, and spirituality of members of their communities,” says Sister Mary Coswin. “We immediately embraced the idea. They respect the land and don’t plan to demolish the building. More importantly, this land once belonged to them and now they are getting it back.”

Réseau Compassion Network also owns the land adjacent to the monastery, and the long-term vision for this project is to use it for a long-term care facility. The Résidence Despins administrative team also helps the religious congregation with their finances; yet another example of the strength and mutual support within the network.

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