PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT BE GATHERING FOR PUBLIC LITURGIES FOR MARCH OR APRIL.

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

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

Welcome to theHildegard Haus: A Sanctuary dedicated to St. Hildegard Welcome to theHildegard Haus: A Sanctuary dedicated to St. Hildegard 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 where all are welcome to fully participate in the sacramental celebrations.

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

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

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

Welcome to theHildegard Haus: A Sanctuary dedicated to St. Hildegard Welcome to theHildegard Haus: A Sanctuary dedicated to St. Hildegard 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 where all are welcome to fully participate in the sacramental celebrations.

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

What is the Hildegard Haus?

The Community of St. Hildegard

The Community of St. Hildegard

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 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 with their Catholic roots, 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.  

The Anchorage

The Community of St. Hildegard

The Community of St. Hildegard

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

The Community of St. Hildegard

The Hildegard Shrine

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

Formerly The Hildegarden

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.    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.  

Who Was St. Hildegard?

Formerly The Hildegarden

Formerly The Hildegarden

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

Formerly The Hildegarden

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.  


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Rev. Dr. Shanon Sterringer

Ordination in Linz, Austria

Ordination of our pastor in Linz, Austria


We celebrated Olivia Diehl's acceptance into the ARCWP program today at Mass. Thank you to all who helped to make the liturgy so beautiful.  Women priests are here in Fairport Harbor, Ohio!

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Upcoming Liturgies and Events

 

LITURGIES CANCELED

PLEASE NOTE: PUBLIC LITURGIES ARE CANCELED FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH and APRIL due to COVID-19.

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LITURGIES CANCELED

PLEASE NOTE: PUBLIC LITURGIES ARE CANCELED FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH and APRIL due to COVID-19.

 

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Sundays

Eucharistic Liturgy

11am - 12pm

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Sundays

Eucharistic Liturgy

You are invited to join us ONLINE for an inclusive Eucharistic liturgy.  Please email us worhsip@hildegardhaus.com for a link

11am - 12pm

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Mondays

Vespers

6pm - 7pm

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Mondays

Vespers

You are invited to join us ONLINE for a vespers service.  Please email us worhsip@hildegardhaus.com for a link

6pm - 7pm

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Wednesdays

Rosary

3pm - 4pm

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Wednesdays

Rosary

You are invited to join us ONLINE for a rosary.  Please email us at worship@hildegardhaus.com for a link.

3pm - 4pm

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April 3, 2020

Stations of the Cross

6pm - 6:30pm

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April 3, 2020

Stations of the Cross

You are invited to join us ONLINE for the Stations of the Cross.  Please email us at worship@hildegardhaus.com for a link.

6pm - 6:30pm

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