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In 1957, at the request of the bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Madison, six Cistercian sisters from Switzerland founded a new house of contemplative prayer in Wisconsin. The buildings in which the foundresses originally lived were a pioneer’s house onto which the former governor of Wisconsin had built his summer mansion. As the community grew, we added two more wings, but the buildings were never meant to be a permanent monastery, and they are increasingly unsafe and unhealthy.

Due to our continued growth as well as to encroaching development in our neighborhood and the deteriorating condition of our buildings, we decided in 2000 to seek new property and build a monastery more conducive to our way of life. Since then, through help from generous benefactors, we have purchased a secluded 229-acre farm, still in the Diocese of Madison, and drawn up a master plan design. We hope to build a 47,000-net-square-foot monastery that will house 22 sisters comfortably with the ability to increase to 30; it will also include a church designed according to Cistercian architectural principles, an altar bread workshop so we can continue to support ourselves with the work of our hands, and a guesthouse.

We are now initiating a capital campaign to raise the $18 million necessary for this monastery. To expedite our move, we have divided the project into two phases:

Phase 1, estimated at $10-12 million, will include sufficient living quarters, our altar bread workshop, and a temporary chapel and guest quarters.

Phase 2, approximately $6-8 million, will complete the quadrangle of the monastery with a beautiful church and guesthouse.

We gratefully accept one-time gifts, multi-year pledges (with a pledge period of up to 5 years), planned gifts, or approved gifts of stocks and securities. Although we do not yet have the capacity to accept gifts online, we welcome them by mail. Please send all donations, designated for the new monastery fund, to:

 Valley of Our Lady Monastery

 E11096 Yanke Drive

 Prairie du Sac, WI  53578

We pray daily for all of our supporters and remember our deceased benefactors in our necrology. Additionally, we are creating a donor recognition book in which we will record all donors and donations to the new monastery. 

For more information about our building project, please email us at


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