Sr. Rosann Ocken, Prioress

The Norfolk Priory is located in Northeast Nebraska, USA. The Sisters were engaged in education and healthcare since their foundation in 1923. In response to the apostolic needs of the Church today the emphasis is now on pastoral outreach and social works of mercy. Their retreat center hosts retreats and various programs the largest being the training of Deacons for the Archdiocese of Omaha and Christians Encounter Christ.
The Sisters welcome people of all faiths to their Monastery especially those seeking respite from their busy lives and those who need a spiritual renewal.
One of the most critical needs of the area is service to Latino people. In the 1990s these immigrants began arriving in rural Nebraska. They seek a better life for themselves and their families but need spiritual and physical nurturing until they become self sufficient. The Sisters try to help as they can by assigning a Sister to mentor them and help them grow in their faith.
In Winnebago, a Native American community, the Sisters provide pastoral help in the parish and parish school. The Sisters have been a presence in Winnebago since the 1950's.
The Priory has a large number of Benedictine Oblates who meet monthly under the direction of the Oblate Directress. The Oblates are very active and involved in the ministries of the Sisters and assist in their apostolic work.
One special need throughout the Congregation and in other Sisters' Congregations is helping Sisters learn English as a second language. The Norfolk Priory has been involved in this special apostolate since the early 1960's when a large influx of Korean Sisters came to live in Norfolk as part of their formation. To date, more than 75 religious women have lived, worked, and learned in the Norfolk Priory. This is part of their outreach in the ministry of Hospitality as recommended by St. Benedict.
Through their Foundation, the Sisters offer scholarships to their own Sisters in other Priories and to single women with children.

That in all things
God may be Glorified!

St. Augustin School in Winnebago
Work with the Native Americans


"Come and See" Weekend Nov 2017


Old and Young in the Community
preparing for Easter


Vocation Conference Nov 2017


Remembering our beloved Sisters
who went ahead of us.