Ferdinand Volunteers

Goal of Program

The goal of the Ferdinand Benedictine Volunteer Program is to provide service to the monastery and to provide an opportunity for volunteers to work with peers on a level of kindness, hospitality, and service to others.

Type of Placement

Full and half-day volunteer placements including quilting, gardening, baking, and assisting with the monastery's Christkindlmarkt event. Service to Sisterhood is a long-term volunteer program during which female volunteers experience what it means to be a part of a Benedictine religious community.

Service Area

Volunteers are primarily of service in the monastery at its location in Southern Indiana. The Service to Sisterhood program participants also become involved in the work of the sisters in Louisville, Kentucky and Evansville and Jasper, Indiana.

Service Length

Long-term volunteer projects such as the Service to Sisterhood program are conducted for two to three months during the summer. Shorter-term opportunities are available on a daily or weekly basis.

Program Size

The overall volunteer program works with over 300 volunteers yearly.


Volunteers who are 10 years of age or older are preferred. The Service to Sisterhood summer program is limited to adult females only.

Financial Arrangements

Service to Sisterhood participants receive room, board, and transportation in gratitude for their service. Other shorter-term volunteers may receive housing and meals as needed and as available.

Living Arrangements

Volunteers with extended stays will be housed in local facilities.


Training is provided through the program.

Application Deadline

Rolling application process. Preference given to those applications received first.


Sister Mary Phillip Berger


802 E. 10th St.
Ferdinand, 47532
Phone: 1-812-367-1411 x3021


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