Our History

St. Scholastica Monastery

St. Scholastica Monastery sits serenely upon a hilltop in Boerne, Texas. It has been the Motherhouse of the Benedictine Sisters since 1962. Following in the footsteps of St. Benedict, and guided by the steadfast values from his basic Rule, the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne are an autonomous, Monastic Community of women who have been sharing their gifts of spirituality and hospitality with the faith communities of South Texas for one hundred years.

With a pioneer spirit of independence, deeply rooted in Community Life, the Benedictine Sisters were originally founded in Cuba in 1911 by Mother Lidwina Weber. The Community relocated to South Texas in 1918 after a hurricane forced them to leave the Isle of Pines.

Benedictine Sisters of Boerne
1911 - Seeds for the Harvest - 2011
A Century of Faith and Service


The Benedictines began their outreach work in Catholic education in the communities of Loire, Leming, Las Gallinas, and Rockne. In the early 1920’s, the Sisters moved their Motherhouse from Las Gallinas to San Antonio where they continued to teach. They branched out into the health care field when they took charge of St. Vincent’s Home for the Poor and Aged in 1926. The home eventually became St. Benedict’s Hospital and Nursing Home and was sold in 1985.

Seeking God in community

Prayer and work have always been and continue to be constant elements in the lives of the Benedictine Sisters. Seeking God in community through their daily spiritual journey (including morning, noon, and evening prayer), the Sisters increased the scope of their work during the past several decades to include the following educational, spiritual, and health programs in Boerne:

  • 1963 - 1982: St. Albert Hall - began as a high school/ boarding school for girls, eventually grew to a pre-K thru 12th grade school

  • 1982: The Omega Retreat Center was established to offer a retreat environment of Benedictine hospitality and spirituality. Omega was the home of the first ACTS retreat in 1987.

  • 1982 - 2002: St. Albert Early Learning Center was established in response to the growing need for childcare in Kendall County

  • 1990: The Health & Wholeness Center opened to provide activities and programs for those who are 55 and older

  • 1992 - 2001: Hispanic Outreach began to determine and to respond to the needs of Hispanic families

  • 1992 - 2007: Head Start program was added to St. Albert’s for three and four year old children

  • 1992 - 2011: Hilltop Treasures, a bookstore and gift shop, opened its doors

  • 1998: Benedictine Ministries was formed and currently administers the Omega Retreat Center and Outreach Program, the Sisters’ Attic, and the Health and Wholeness Center

  • 2009: The Sisters’ Attic Resale Shop opened

  • 2009: Omega Outreach began to offer programmed and specialized retreats for groups and individuals

  • 2010: A House of Prayer, "Lidwina's Dwelling" opened as a peaceful place for retreats and spiritual renewal

Other Programs

Other successful programs that were initiated by the Benedictine Sisters but have since become self-sustaining and separate 501(c)3 non-profit organizations include:

  • C.P.P.P - The Center for Public Policy Priorities, Austin, TX (est. 1985, spun-off in 1999)

  • P.E.A.C.E. Initiative - Putting an End to Abuse Through Community Efforts, San Antonio, TX (est. 1990, spun-off in 2003) www.peaceinitiativesatx.org

  • JOVEN - Juvenile Outreach Vocational Educational Network, San Antonio, TX (est. 1992, spun-off 1997)

  • Children’s Inn - A home for medically fragile children, Boerne, TX (est. 1991, spun-off 1996)

In addition to their programs in Boerne, the Benedictines presently serve in the Archdiocese of San Antonio and Diocese of Laredo in both school and parish work. They sponsor an Oblate spiritual formation and ongoing program for laity to learn about the Benedictine way of life, a border ministry, Caridad de Corazón, in Eagle Pass, TX, and a Corporate Responsibility Program based in San Antonio. They also advocate for abused and neglected children in Bexar County.

Today, there are sixteen Sisters in the Boerne Community. With the help of dedicated laity, they continue to serve the spiritual, educational, health and justice needs of thousands each year.

Sisters in Las Gallinas

St. Scholastica Convent, San Antonio, Tx

Sister with young patient

St. Benedict’s Nursing Home

Sisters at Monastery gate, Boerne, circa 1970

Sister and students

Benedictine Sisters, circa 1980

St. Scholastica Monastery in Boerne, Tx

Benedictine Sisters in the 1990s

St. Scholastica Monastery in Boerne, Tx



Schools where Benedictine Sisters have taught and/or administered:

St. Luke’s ~ Loire, TX
St. Joseph’s ~ Leming, TX
St. Joseph’s ~ Las Gallinas, TX
Sacred Heart ~ Rockne, TX
St. Mary’s ~ Cestohowa, TX
St. Joseph’s ~ Cestohowa, TX
St. Peter’s ~ Cestohowa, TX
St. Joseph’s ~ Comal, TX
Sacred Heart ~ Rockport, TX
Sacred Heart ~ San Antonio, TX
St. Albert Hall ~ Boerne, TX
St. Albert Early Learning Center ~ Boerne, TX
St. Benedict’s ~ San Antonio, TX
Holy Spirit ~ San Antonio, TX
St. Gregory’s ~ San Antonio, TX
Our Lady of Refuge ~ Eagle Pass, TX
St. James ~ San Antonio, TX
St. John the Evangelist ~ San Antonio, TX
Immaculate Heart of Mary ~ San Antonio, TX
Providence High School ~ San Antonio, TX
Central Catholic High School ~ San Antonio, TX
Colegio Guadalupe ~ Mexico City, Mexico