Friends of the Abbey of St Hildegard

An association of Friends of the Abbey of St Hildegard, which was founded in October 2001 by 40 public figures and has now already more than 200 members, have made it their task to support the cultural, spiritual and pastoral work of our convent in non-material as well as financial ways. These include:

  • Promoting liturgy and Gregorian Chant and conveying these in our times;
  • Preserving Benedictine values and passing them on;
  • Offering hospitality with days of reflection, retreats and spiritual direction;
  • Preserving St Hildegard of Bingen’s heritage and supporting the research of her work;
  • Preserving and caring for the abbey church and monastic buildings, which have been put under a preservation order.

We would like to invite you to join our circle of friends. We are open to anyone, for „where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I (Christ) in the midst of them.“ (Mt 18:20)

The Friends of the Abbey regularly organize talks, group discussions, concerts and other events. These events always offer opportunities to meet and exchange views. We would be pleased to send you the annual programme and – should you wish to become a member – the necessary application form. Please contact Sr Simone Weinkopf on:

ph: ++49 6722 499-155 or by e-mail:


Our Oblate Community

Our oblates are a group of men and women – married and single – who, within the framework of their daily lives in the world, find direction for their individual situations in the Rule of St Benedict. With an act of oblation they promise to affiliate themselves with our monastic community and share in our prayer and mission.

According to their circumstances, oblates participate in as much of the daily office as is possible for them. Our monastery offers retreat days to our oblate community three times a year, regular contact with newsletters and continuous spiritual direction by our Oblate Director, Sr Lydia Stritzl. If you are interested in finding out more about our oblate community, please contact Sr Lydia Stritzl on:
ph: ++49 6722 499-114 or by e-mail