About Us

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The Abbey of St. Walburga is a small community of Benedictine contemplative nuns of the Roman Catholic Church.  We are located in a valley in northern Colorado, where the high plains meet the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  As contemplative nuns, our primary duty for the Church is to pray the full Divine Office.  The goal of our life is union with God, seeking Him in community according to the Gospel and under the inspiration of the Rule of St. Benedict.  We devote much of our day to the Word of God, through lectio divina and in liturgical prayer (the Divine Office).  This life of prayer bears fruit in hospitality, providing an opportunity for people to  be in an atmosphere where they can find God.  All of our daily work, whether in direct service to others or undertaken for the financial support of our community, is also offered to the glory of God.


The Benedictines...

The Benedictine Order is the oldest religious order in the Western Church having been founded in the early 6th Century by St. Benedict. St. Benedict's "little rule for beginners," as he calls it, has lasted for over 1500 years because of his flexibility and insight into human nature. St. Benedict tells us to "prefer nothing to the work of God"-- the daily rhythm of praying the psalms in the Divine Office. The Divine Office, is part of the liturgy of the Church, which is the heart of the Christian culture. In this exalted form of prayer we bring all of creation together into the praise of God.

Abbey_Coat_of_Arms_copy.jpgOur Abbey...

The Abbey of St. Walburga was founded in 1935 from the Abtei St. Walburg in Eichstatt, Germany. Three sisters from our motherhouse were sent to Boulder, Colorado to establish a monastery that was to be a potential place of refuge for the nuns in Germany from the Nazi regime. The nuns bought, at a very low price, what had been declared "un-farmable" land by the monks who owned it. With great determination and trust in God, the three sisters, later accompanied by several more nuns, not only turned the land into a flourishing farm, but also set the ground work for a vibrant, joyful community of nuns who live faithful lives of service to the Church through prayer, praise, and conversion. Visit our History Page to learn more about our history visit our website.