About Us


In 2013 Rosemary Bratton traveled to Germany as part of a pilgrimage to St. Hildegard’s Homeland.  She learned with amazement what Hildegard accomplished in her life as a cloistered nun.  As she walked through the ruins in Disibodenberg, stood in the small space that was Hildegard’s home, she was reminded of the incarcerated women at the Women’s Center in Lusk and the work she started there in 2006. She began to see the correlation between cloistered women and incarcerated women.  She began to see Hildegard and her life as a model for her own life and for women who are incarcerated or disenfranchised by poverty, criminal involvement, homelessness, drug and alcohol issues and victim/survivors of domestic violence.

The vision for The Hilde Project began with the trip to Germany and continues to expand and evolve in exciting and unexpected ways.