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Message from Prioress about McCabe Renewal Center

St. Scholastica Monastery
Benedictine Sisters
1001 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, Minnesota 55811-2300


May 23, 2024


Important Announcement from Sister Beverly Raway, Prioress


Dear Beloved Community,

With a mixture of gratitude for the past and hope for the future, I write to inform
you of a significant change regarding our McCabe Renewal Center. After years of
reflection and discernment, the Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery have made the
difficult decision to divest themselves of McCabe by selling this beautiful and
deeply historical property. We will have general use of McCabe available until
June 30, 2024, but no reservations or events will be held after this date.

While this decision was not made lightly, we believe it opens new doors for deeper
connections and spiritual growth within our St. Scholastica Monastery grounds.
We recognize the invaluable role the McCabe Renewal Center has played in
nurturing souls and fostering contemplation over the years. Its legacy–and all those
who have participated in it through the years–will forever be cherished in our

Amidst this transition, we invite you to explore the abundant offerings nestled
within the embrace of our Center for Spirituality and Enrichment at the
St. Scholastica Monastery. Here, amidst the tranquil beauty of our gardens and the
serenity of our walking trails, we extend a warm invitation for you to continue your
journey of renewal and reflection.

Overnight Accommodations: The Center offers overnight accommodations for
individuals, couples, and groups for quiet time, private retreats, and sabbaticals.
Our many guest rooms have been carefully prepared to create peaceful spaces for
rest, reflection and prayer, allowing your soul to breathe deeply once again. A simple
breakfast is offered for each guest, and other nutritious meals are provided on request.

Programs and Retreats: A variety of programs and retreats are offered through
the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment on the St. Scholastica Monastery
grounds, as well as online. Through them, we seek to provide opportunities for
spiritual growth, prayerful reflection, and personal enrichment for all ages.

Spiritual Direction: Share your sacred story and receive gentle guidance in your
spiritual journey with a trained spiritual director in a non-judgmental environment,
deepening your awareness of the presence of the Divine in your everyday life.

Meeting Rooms: The Center has available well-appointed meeting spaces, ideal
for gatherings, workshops, and retreats. Let these sacred rooms be the canvas for
your community’s shared experiences and collective wisdom.

Beautiful Gardens: Lose yourself in the splendor of our gardens, meticulously
tended by Sisters, where every bloom whispers secrets of grace and resilience.
Find solace amidst the vibrant colors and fragrant scents, allowing nature to soothe
your spirit and awaken your senses.

Walking Trails: Embark on a journey of self-discovery along our winding trails,
where every step is a prayer and every breath a communion with the Divine. Let
the rhythm of your footsteps guide you towards inner peace and enlightenment.

As we bid farewell to one chapter, we eagerly anticipate the unfolding of the next.
Join us as we embrace this transition with open hearts and unwavering faith,
knowing that the spirit of renewal resides not in a building, but in the boundless
love that connects us all.

Please explore the Center for Spirituality and Enrichment website at for more information on all we have to offer. For inquiries or to
arrange a visit to our Center for Spirituality and Enrichment, please contact us at
218-723-6699, or email May the light of divine wisdom
illuminate your path, now and always.

With blessings and gratitude,



Sister Beverly Raway, OSB
Prioress, St. Scholastica Monastery


phone: (218) 723-6555 • fax: (218) 723-5902 • website:


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  1. I have so loved my time at McCabe. From spiritual direction, retreats, cursillo grouping with Sister Martha, mass on Thurs morning, to walking the labyrinth it had been a spiritual home. Thank you Benedictines for nurturing us all in this place. I am grateful you will continue to host at the monastery. Love to you, Ann

  2. The decision is certainly understandable. No need to duplicate the wonderful ministries that you offer.

  3. Dearest Sister,
    While this is bittersweet news, please know how much McCabe has been a blessed place of strength, comfort and peace in my life journey. Thanks to all the sisters who created and nurtured this sacred space over the years. And bless those who will live there in the futures.

  4. I will always have fond memories of McCabe. It has played a beautiful part in many lives. Thank you for making that a very special place over the years. Best wishes to all of you for the future, with love.

  5. I feel blessed to have been able to learn about some of the early years at McCabe, through the life-story and artwork of Sister Mary Charles McGough.

  6. I was blessed staying at the McCabe Center many times and am so grateful for the wonderful Sisters and others I met there. Thank you for all I learned in this beautiful place. New beginnings are important and “eye has not seen , ear has not heard what God has ready…”
    Loving thanks, Lydia Holsten
    p.s. I remember playing “Lay Your Hand Upon Me Gently” for dear Sister Lois Eckes on the little piano at McCabe when she learned she’d be the next Prioress at St. Scholastica! Blessings on her and Sr. Terri!

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