"How important to lay our petitions before the Lord God of all things with utmost humility and sincere devotion."

- Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 20 verse 2

Some of our Sisters provide spiritual guidance for people in the general public—it is one of the ways in which we are able to pass on our spirituality to a wider public.

School of Lectio Divina

Registration is open for the School of Lectio Divina:  February 21 - 24; June 5 - 8; September 26 - 29, 2018. The registration form can be sent in now with the fee or the fee due two weeks prior to the session to complete your registration.  Application for scholarship is possible by contacting Sr. Barbara through email

St. Joseph Monastery hosts the School of Lectio Divina three times a year for up to 12 participants per session. This three-day school includes:

  • An introduction to sustained Lectio Divina from the early monastic tradition
  • An invitation in prayer to the Holy Spirit to listen with the ear of our heart
  • An understanding of the obstacles to prayer that arise from within and from outside of us
  • Unfolding of the voices/senses in the revelatory texts that lead us in our desire to know God more intimately and to be those who freely love as Christ Jesus through the grace of the Holy Spirit
  • An introduction to a variety of prayer tools that support our life’s journey
  • Teachings on the practice of discernment in our ordinary lives
  • A witness of moments of encounter with God—“You are my beloved son/daughter in whom I am well pleased.”

There are times of silence, one-on-one time with a companion who is part of the staff, ongoing sharing from the teachings, opportunities to explore the monastery library, prayer with the Benedictine Sisters, and lunch each day.

Monte Cassino School

Bishop Francis Kelley asked the Sisters of St. Joseph Monastery to start a school in Tulsa in order to meet the needs of the growing Oklahoma community. In 1926, the Sisters opened Monte Cassino School, a boarding school for girls from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Today, Monte Cassino School teaches children from pre-school through the eighth grade. Still on its original location at 21st and Lewis, the Monte Cassino campus includes three buildings: the elementary school, the middle school and the newly constructed Early Childhood Learning Center. Many of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Monastery are actively involved in the school.

Monte Cassino continues to be at the edge of academic excellence and has won numerous awards. In addition, the school has many sports and academic championships. Monte Cassino utilizes cutting-edge technology that includes interactive whiteboards in classrooms, and a tablet PC program for middle school students.

Visit our school website.

Private Retreats

The Sisters of St. Joseph Monastery welcome guests who wish to make a private retreat. There are five bedrooms available for women in the monastery (4 private, one double) who wish to stay with us for a time of prayer and reflection. Upon request, a Sister would be available for prayer or spiritual guidance. Suggested donation is $40 per night.

The monastery also has a guest quarters located beneath the Marian Chapel for men, women, or couples who wish to make a private retreat. The guest quarters accommodations include a living area, kitchenette, two bedrooms, and full bath. Cost is a suggested donation of $40. Guests on retreat are welcome to join the monastic community for prayer, Eucharist, and meals. The suggested donation per meal is $5. The monastery also has a large library space that can accommodate groups up to 30 people for retreats or days of prayer. Please call us at 918-746-4223.

Group Retreats

There are times when a small group needs a place to meet—either for a working session or a time of retreat. Our facilities can accommodate groups of 25 for daytime sessions. We frequently host parish committees, planning groups, or prayer groups.

Spiritual Direction

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction is a conversation between two persons within the context of a prayerful atmosphere about one’s spiritual life and relationship with God, self, and others. Spiritual Direction involves a shared dialogue between you and your spiritual director about what happens when you are “conscious” of God.

When you find yourself with a desire to talk about your spiritual life and prayer or to talk with someone who will help you develop your awareness and relationship with God, then you could benefit and enjoy working with a spiritual director.