Bismarck History

Our History


SistersFrom the time of their arrival in Dakota Territory in 1878, the Benedictine Sisters have responded to the needs of the people, first for educating children and then in caring for the sick. The sisters were asked, in 1885, to open the first hospital in Dakota Territory, which came to be known as St. Alexius Hospital. In meeting the health care needs of the area through the years, the sisters collaborated with others in creating a medical center which utilizes research and new techniques, promotes education, and seeks to provide excellence in care. The premise of that care is based on the teachings of St. Benedict who said that “above all care must be given to the sick,” and every person is to be “Received as Christ.”


As sponsors, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery seek to share their mission, values and Benedictine heritage with all who care for the sick and strive to create healthier lifestyles. As sponsors, the sisters focus their commitment to CHI St. Alexius Health in ways that invite those who work with them to bear witness to Gospel values through deeds of loving service. They promise to provide education, formation, and resources necessary to strengthen their Benedictine legacy today and into tomorrow.

Mission and Values
The Mission of Catholic Health Initiatives is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.

  • Reverence: Profound respect and awe for all of creation, the foundation that shapes spirituality, our relationships with others and our journey to God.
  • Integrity: Moral wholeness, soundness, fidelity, trust, truthfulness in all we do.
  • Compassion: solidarity with one another, capacity to enter into another’s joy and sorrow
  • Excellence: Preeminent performance, becoming the benchmark, putting forth our personal and professional best.