Benedictines (the Order of Saint Benedict) are both monks and nuns who live according to the Rule of Saint Benedict. They are found all over the world continue to live a communal monastic life.
In the middle ages they kept the light of the gospel alive by preserving learning in schools and scriptoria; through their guest hostels; through their work on the land; and through their lives of prayer.
The first Benedictine foundation in the United States took place in 1848 in Pennsylvania. Today Benedictines conduct universities, high schools, hospitals, retreat houses and centers of culture, learning and holiness. They are known for their liturgical expertise in the chanting of the Divine Office many times each day.
Many lay people are attracted to Benedictine monasteries as Oblates and many come to participate in the prayer, silence and good works of the monks and nuns.