Message about McCabe Renewal Center

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

**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,

Beverly Raway, OSB

Prioress, St. Scholastica Monastery


  1. Greg Spofford on June 4, 2024 at 10:27 am

    The Spofford prayers are with you as you honor past with McCabe and turn toward the future with your already blossoming spiritual offerings at the Center!🙏🏽

    • Sister Virginia Matter on June 4, 2024 at 10:41 am

      Sister Monica and community. My prayers are with you as you continue to discern your life and the beauty of placing your energy and prayers to your center at the Monastery.
      I am grateful for the opportunity to have spent time at McCabe, a peaceful, prayerful place.
      Blessings on this big decision which is not easy for a community to make. May the Holy Spirit continue to hold you in loving presence. My prayers, Sister Virginia Matter at St. Paul’s Monastery

  2. Cathy Schuyler on June 4, 2024 at 10:43 am

    So grateful for the gift that McCabe has been. Blessings to you all as you say good-bye to McCabe and continue to witness to God’s love and peace in new ways.

  3. Jennifer Webb on June 4, 2024 at 11:59 am

    I’m sorry to hear of the change, but grateful for my experiences at McCabe, and hopeful for what is to come. Your offerings are so appreciated, and have truly enriched my spiritual journey.

  4. Jim perrault on June 4, 2024 at 6:25 pm

    I truly enjoyed my times at McCabe both spiritualy and materially. Working on repairs as needed and being on the Spirituality committee. It was a wonderful experience every time I came onto the property.
    Sister Beverly, You and the entire staff have served the Lord delightfully there, and I know you will continue to serve well at your existing site. I have fond memories and love all of you who have served the Lord and all of us so well!
    Jim Perrault Jr

  5. Elisa Troiani on June 5, 2024 at 3:43 pm

    We had such wonderful moments at McCabe from our very first Immersion Program through years of shorter but equally meaningful weekends. Both faculty and students of French and Spanish felt we had entered some magical and when we came together for these occasions and there was instant harmony and well-being from the moment we stepped into the Library or the Living-room. The meals were delicious, the grounds immaculate but the best was the friendliness and care of the sisters who welcomed and took care of us as the same time as they passed the Benedictine principles to the new generations. Thank you. It is sad to see it go but we were so lucky to have it! Thank you for sharing the news.

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