Sisters Continuing Care Fund

Our highest priority for your support beyond your annual giving for current operations is the long-term Continuing Care Fund for the retired sisters. This is a reserve fund we are building up through major donations and planned gifts to ensure that as the community ages, we can continue to care for our retired sisters.

Over the past 100 years, the Sisters of Benet Hill have met a broad range of educational, spiritual, and social justice needs in Colorado, including serving as teachers and administrators in schools from the San Luis Valley to Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver. Though difficult to comprehend today, many of the sisters who taught in the poorest communities in Colorado were never paid for their services! In addition, religious women did not become eligible for Social Security payments until 1972, and currently receive only 1/3 the amount of the average recipient. The Sisters also do not receive any financial support from the Diocese of Colorado Springs.

The Monastery is committed to meeting the needs of its sisters throughout their lives. This includes caring for the sisters who need assisted or skilled nursing care and ensuring safe, simple and comfortable living space for our active retired sisters who continue to minister to the community’s spiritual and social justice needs.


Fact: The 2019 Retirement Needs Analysis from the National Religious Retirement Office sets the retirement funding need for the Sisters of Benet Hill at $11.4M. The balance of the Sisters Continuing Care Fund as of December 31, 2019 was $4.1M.

If you have benefitted from a Benedictine education or grown spiritually through the leadership of the sisters, please consider making a designated gift to the Sisters Continuing Care Fund. Contact Ruth Roland, Director of Mission Advancement, at (719) 633-0655 x133 or

Sister Mary John Thomas, teacher and principal, with students of St. Cajetan School, Denver, CO, circa 1965-1970.

Sister Mary John Thomas celebrates her 85th birthday with a yummy cake!

Sister Josie plays cards with one of our wonderful healthcare nurses.

Sisters spend time praying the Stations of the Cross while remembering the homeless in our city.

Sister Kathleen Cogan celebrates her birthday.

Benet Hill Monastery is a 501c(3) charitable organization recognized by the IRS and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. EIN 84-0523354. IRS determination letter and registration with the Colorado Secretary of State available on request. The full legal name is "Benet Hill Monastery of Colorado Springs, CO, Inc."

For more information contact Ruth Roland, Director of Mission Advancement at 719-633-0655 Ext.133 or email