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."
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 spiritual leader 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. We are an "alternative" Catholic community.
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.
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 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. In addition to the building, we have several of St. Hildegard's visions framed and on display. We have created a replica of her vision "The Fallen Stars" from Scivias 3:1 on the back wall of our sanctuary.
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.
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.
The Community of St. Hildegard hosts a variety of retreats and events. For more information, please check out our online calendar (link below). Through the linke you can sign up to receive email notifications for upcoming liturgies, retreats, and events.
Beginning in October, the church will be open on Mondays from 12:00pm-6:00pm for personal and quiet prayer and meditation.
Follow us on Facebook for regularly scheduled open hours for personal prayer, mediation, reading, or simply quiet times. Periodically we will have our labyrinth out for use as well.
Beginning in October, we will be offering Eucharistic liturgies on select Sundays. We will celebrate Vespers at 6:00pm every Monday.
Worship Services include: Liturgy of the Hours, Prayers Services, Eucharistic Liturgies, Weddings, Funeral Services, Baptisms. Please see our online calendar or email us for more information.
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Rev. Dr. Shanon Sterringer is normally available in the office from 12-6pm. However, there are no office hours 11/4 and 11/11 due to the boiler project (no heat in the building). Office hours will resume 11/18.
You are invited to join us for an inclusive Eucharistic liturgy. Rev. Shanon Sterringer will be presiding. All are welcome.
Rev. Dr. Shanon Sterringer will be available in the office from 12-6pm. You are invited to join us at 6pm for vespers.