Color image of an oil painting of Mother Benedicta Riepp, c.1980s. Painting by Sister Thomas Carey, O.S.B.

Mother Benedicta Riepp

Oil painting of Mother Benedicta Riepp, c.1980s. Painting by Sister Thomas Carey, O.S.B. No verified photograph of Mother Benedicta Riepp exists.

Riepp, Mother Benedicta (Sybilla) (1825–1862)

Mother Benedicta (Sybilla) Riepp was the founder of the Roman Catholic Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict in North America. During her time as Superior of the first foundation in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, she sent a group of Sisters to St. Cloud, Minnesota, where they began a new convent. This group moved to St. Joseph in 1863. By 1946, Saint Benedict’s Monastery was the largest community of Benedictine Sisters in the world.

A side wall of St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral sanctuary

Side wall of St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral sanctuary after renovation, 2015. The wall features new iconography by world-renowned Russian iconographer Dmitry Shkolnik.

Color image of a side wall of St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral sanctuary after renovation, 2015.

Side wall of St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral sanctuary

Side wall of St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral sanctuary after renovation, 2015. The wall features new iconography by world-renowned Russian iconographer Dmitry Shkolnik.

Color image of the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral after renovation, 2015.

Sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral after renovation

The sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral after renovation, 2015. The walls feature new iconography by world-renowned Russian iconographer Dmitry Shkolnik.

How Jews Have Shaped the State

From Exclusion to Integration: The Story of Jews in Minnesota

Expert Essay: Writer and historian Laura Weber explores more than 150 years of Jewish history to reveal stories shaped by immigration, resistance to anti-Semitism, and eventual integration.

Black and white photograph of a church in Ely, 1913.

Church in Ely

Church in Ely, 1913.

Black and white photograph of the Church of St. Malachy, Clontarf, 1878.

Church of St. Malachy, Clontarf

Church of St. Malachy, Clontarf, 1878.

Black and white photograph of Father Anatole Oster (left) with farmers in Clontarf Township, c.1885.

Father Anatole Oster (left) with farmers in Clontarf Township

Father Anatole Oster (left) with farmers in Clontarf Township, c.1885.

Black and white photograph of Archbishop John Ireland, c.1900.

Archbishop John Ireland

Archbishop John Ireland, c.1900.

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