The Catholic Benedictine Sisters welcome you.


We are the monastic Catholic Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, Ill. Originally from Nauvoo, we have lived and served in the Quad-City area since 2001. 

Explore ways to join us as:

   * A Benedictine Sister
   * An Oblate
   * A Volunteer

Sisters and Oblates share stories, wisdom:

   * Monastery Wisdom Blog
   * Sister Stefanie's ABCs Blog
   * Oblate Musings

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What's New

What to Read this Summer

What to Read this Summer

The Benedictine Oblates of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, share some spiritually uplifting book suggestions.

Volunteering in a Place of Light

Volunteering in a Place of Light

A volunteer at the Benedictine Sisters St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, shares her experience helping around the house, spending time with our elders and working with at least one of us on our poetry.


In Heaven with a Little Baby

In Heaven with a Little Baby

Sister Mary Jane Wallace shares her thoughts as she meets her cousin for the first time.


Encounter in the Wilderness

Encounter in the Wilderness

Hospitality is a key value of Benedictine life, and encounter is the act that begins it. Sister Stefanie MacDonald shares thoughts from her hermitage as she makes her retreat at Christ in the Wilderness in Illinois.


Events/Retreats

Silent Directed Retreat

Sun Jul 8, 2018: 4:00 pm - Fri Jul 13, 2018: 4:00 pm

Girls Be a Catholic Sister for a Day 2018

Wed Aug 1, 2018: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Catholic Princess Retreat - August 2nd 2018

Thu Aug 2, 2018: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Let's Drum Together.

Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Sacredness of Yoga August 2018

Sat Aug 18, 2018: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Seven Mansions of the Interior Castle

Fri Aug 24, 2018: 5:30 pm - Sun Aug 26, 2018: 1:00 pm