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Dayton Monastery


What cannot be changed we must bear with patience

wisdom from the letters of our foundress,
Mother Mary Anselma Felber

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Our History
In 1983 our Congregation responded to the request of Bishop Joseph Hart to come to this vast diocese that comprises the entire state of Wyoming. After residing temporarily in Casper and Big Horn, the community settled at Dayton, a picturesque village twenty miles west of Sheridan, on Highway 14, one of the routes leading to Yellowstone Park. The monastery is just six miles from the beautiful Tongue River Canyon.

San Benito is the only monastery in the diocese. With less than twenty-five sisters in the entire state, the services of the community are much in demand. We are available for retreats and spiritual direction at the monastery and we also give instruction on prayer and the Scriptures at other locations.  For those individuals who want to share in our monastic spirituality we have the Oblate Program with “Chapters” in several areas of the state.

Our gift shop, Monastery Creations, has a variety of items from hand-crafted soaps, candles, pottery, cards, and other souvenir items, to tapes, CDs, and new and used books. You are welcome to browse a select number of items online, or to visit in person to see the entire selection. Your purchases help to support our life of prayer. Read more
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Sisters praying Divine Office Winter on the Monastery Grounds Sr. Josetta gets help making candles
Outside view from inside Monastery Chapel Sunset comes to Wyoming Horses graze on monastery property
A high school student helps Sr. Hope make sheet spray Lupine in the nearby Bighorn Mountains