Welcome to theHildegard Haus:
A Sanctuary dedicated to St. Hildegard

The Hildegard Haus is the home of The Community of St. Hildegard, an inclusive Christian community.


"And thus am I, a feather on the breath of God." St. Hildegard of Bingen

What is the Hildegard Haus?

The Community of St. Hildegard

The Community of St. Hildegard is an inclusive Christian faith community based in the holistic charism of St. Hildegard of Bingen.  Liturgies and prayers services are presided over by ordained ministers, women and men from a variety of Christian denominations.  Our director is an ordained minister through ARCWP and is a commissioned member of Federation of Christian Ministries.  We are an alternative and inclusive house of worship.  All are always welcome. 

The community of St. Hildegard  developed out of the Catholic tradition and many of its participants continue to identify as Catholic, however, it is a non-canonical organization and therefore is not in any way affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.  

The Anchorage

St. Hildegard of Bingen was tithed to a Benedictine Monastery at the age of 8 years old as an anchorite.  This meant she was expected to live in a cloistered environment (an anchorage) in a life of solitude and prayer.  Her spirit, however, was too large to keep contained in a small cell for long.  Nonetheless, she often took time away for private prayer and mediation.  The Hildegard Haus offers an "anchorage" experience for anyone needing a few minutes or several hours in silent prayer.  We have built a small "anchorage room" in the former choir loft to use for private prayer.  We also consider the entire space a form of an anchorage when used for quiet times.

The Hilde-gardens

Our outdoor gardens are growing! Each year we add more herbs, fruits/veggies, trees, and flowers!  During the warmer months, feel free to stroll the property.  In addition to a spectacular magnolia tree, there are several lilac, fig and quince bushes, and we are currently growing a number of Hildegard herbs.  The outdoor gardens are a "work in progress" but always look so beautiful!  Throughout the growing months our yard is intentionally full of dandelions and clover to sustain the honeybees! 

We will be "breaking ground" this fall to create an outdoor Hildegard Herb Garden.  We will be working with a number of professional gardeners and herbalists throughout the course of this project.  Our projected goal to complete the gardens is September 2020.

The Hildegard Shrine

The Hildegard Haus is being transformed into an independent, public shrine dedicated to St. Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century German Mystic and Creative Genius. 

The physical structure of the building very closely resembles the artistic depiction of how scholars believe Rupertsberg, the first monastery chapel Hildegard built, may have been constructed.  We consider the building itself, which is steeped in supernatural energy (particularly the presence of orbs and the spiritual experiences of many who have visited the space), to be a living "reliquary" of St. Hildegard's presence.   

Who Was St. Hildegard?

The Hildegard Haus is a monument to St. Hildegard of Bingen.  We provide education, formation, and prayer experiences sharing her genius and creativity, including her understanding of the healing properties of the natural world.  The Hildegard Haus is a space where one can be fully immersed in her charism on a number of levels.  Workshops, retreats, seminars, and classes are offered throughout the year to learn more about her work as an artist, visionary, theologian/preacher, musician, natural healer, politician, writer, leader, philosopher, herbalist/gardener, and more. Hildegard's genius was lost to history for almost 800 years outside of Germany.  She has reemerged as an extraordinary  historical figure.   The programs offered through this center are in collaboration with local, national, and international  experts and programs offered are of the highest quality.   

Formerly The Hildegarden

The Hildegarden opened in 2016 as a retreat center based in the charism of St. Hildegard of Bingen as part of the applied work of Dr. Sterringer's Ph.D. dissertation in Ethical and Creative Leadership with an emphasis on St. Hildegard.  It closed for sabbatical and restructuring at the end of 2018. 

The Hildegard Haus is the continued development of the Hildegarden initiative.   Contact us to schedule a visit to learn more about Hildegard, the mission of the Hildegard Haus, or to become a member of The Community of St. Hildegard.  


Spiritual Retreats and Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction, life-coaching, faith-based seminars, workshops, educational programs, and spiritual retreats. 

The Anchorage

Watch our calendar for regularly scheduled open hours for personal prayer, mediation, reading, or simply quiet times

Weekly Worship Services

Liturgy of the Hours, Prayers Services, Eucharistic Liturgies, Weddings, Funeral Services, Baptisms

30 Day Journey with St. Hildegard of Bingen

Enrich each day with wisdom from our greatest spiritual thinkers. Through brief daily readings and reflections, the 30-Day Journey series invites readers to be inspired and transformed. By devoting a moment to meaningful reflection and spiritual growth, readers will find deeper understanding of themselves and the world, one day at a time

St. Hildegard of Bingen was a visionary mystic, a spiritual leader, and a woman ahead of her time. Whether you love St. Hildegard or are encountering her for the first time, this journey provides the perfect way to engage the thought of a compelling twelfth-century saint. 

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Community of St. Hildegard

630 Plum St., Fairport Harbor, OH 44077, US

worship@hildegardhaus.com www.hildegardhaus.com

Contact Rev. Dr. Shanon Sterringer

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