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

SMA Reunion Announcements

 

What's New

Pentecost: Where Fear Gives Way to Faith

Pentecost: Where Fear Gives Way to Faith

Catholic Benedictine Sister Catherine Cleary says Pentecost calls us to a new beginning, where fear gives way to faith, and timidity to bold proclamation.

Sister Rose Joseph Kennebeck, 1929-2018

Sister Rose Joseph Kennebeck, 1929-2018

Sister Rose Joseph Kennebeck died May 15 in her beloved St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island. Here's her obituary.


Dancing in the Rain with our Sisters and God

Dancing in the Rain with our Sisters and God

Challenges will come in all our lives. We will face difficult times. What’s important is how we respond to them; how we choose to live through them. Benedictine Sister Stefanie MacDonald shares her thoughts.


Spring Around the Grounds

Spring Around the Grounds

Enjoy some spring photos from around the Catholic Benedictine Sisters' grounds in Rock Island, IL.


Events/Retreats

Colors of Faith

Sat Jun 2, 2018: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Women's Retreat: "Listen Carefully, My Daughter..." (RB Prologue)

Fri Jun 22, 2018: 5:30 pm - Sun Jun 24, 2018: 1:00 pm

Silent Directed Retreat

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

Catholic Princess Retreat - July 31st 2018

Tue Jul 31, 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

The Centering Prayer Post Intensive Retreat

Sun Aug 26, 2018: 6:00 pm - Fri Aug 31, 2018: 4:00 pm

Centering Prayer

Wednesdays 1 pm - 2:30 pm