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Benedictines Magazine is a journal exploring issues of interest to monastic women and men. It contains articles on scripture, spirituality, community life, ministry, prayer and liturgy. Begun in 1946, it was originally titled The Benedictine Review. The founding editor was Sister Imogene Baker, renowned for her scholarship and leadership in the monastic world. For over fifty years, five editors have carried on the tradition of reflecting contemporary monastic perspectives and suggesting future possibilities.

Benedictines welcomes both new subscribers and new material for publication. Manuscripts of articles and poetry should be sent in Word format, and articles ordinarily should not exceed 5000 words. Copies of new books in relevant areas are also welcomed for review. To subscribe, contact the editor, Sr. Jennifer Halling, at One-year subscriptions (2 issues per year) are $17 in the U.S., $20 in Canada or Mexico, and $22 outside North America, with all payments in US dollars only.

All submissions may be sent to:

Jennifer Halling, OSB
801 S 8th St
Atchison, KS 66002-2724
Phone: 913-360-6200

Magistra: A Journal of Women's Spirituality in History

After the groundbreaking journal Vox Benedictina ceased publication in 1995, former associate editor, Judith Sutera OSB, continued the tradition under the title Magistra. This daughter publication continues to provide a vehicle for the study of the spirituality of women in all time periods and all religious traditions. There is much yet to be explored in those areas of spirituality considered “feminine” in its broadest sense, whether taught and practiced by women or men. There has also been a growing appreciation of the role of these spiritual writings in the fields of history, literature, women’s studies and other areas of the arts and humanities. Readers will find:

  • a refereed journal published semi-annually,
  • high quality scholarship, yet with the ease of reading and spiritual approach which provide wide-ranging appeal to a variety of readers,
  • works on spirituality of any time period and all faith traditions,
  • something for the mind and something for the spirit.

Magistra is always seeking articles on lesser known women and subjects other than the “traditional” Catholic medieval mystics. In addition to original articles, translations of texts by or about women and their spirituality will be considered by our editorial readers. Those submitting translations are responsible for copyright permission from the source and should provide biographical information about the work’s author. Copies of new books in relevant areas are also welcomed for review. For a complete list of articles, to order back issues or to subscribe, contact the editor. Subscriptions (2 issues per year) are $20 for individuals and $30 for institutions in U.S. or Canada, $35 for all foreign subscribers (US dollars only).

 All submissions may be sent to:

Judith Sutera, OSB
801 South 8th
Atchison, KS 66002
PHONE: 913-360-6200 


Katie Bugyis, associate editor
Laura Swan, OSB, book review editor
Caroline Walker Bynum
Rev. John Crean, Jr., (co-editor emeritus)
Esther de Waal
Hugh Feiss, OSB
Mary Forman, OSB
Frank Henderson
Ann Matter
Barbara Newman
Darleen Pryds
Deborah Vess (co-editor emerita)
Katharina Wilson