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

Benedictine Online Book Club: Your Call to Holiness, Your Way

Benedictine Online Book Club: Your Call to Holiness, Your Way

Sister Mary Core's online book club focuses on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate. Here's the introduction.

Called to Servanthood (Even if We Don’t Relate)

Called to Servanthood (Even if We Don’t Relate)

How are you both servant and gracious receiver of service? Catholic Benedictine Sister Ruth Ksycki explores what Jesus meant by "being the servant of all."


Sisters Enjoy Lovely Evening for St. Joseph House

Sisters Enjoy Lovely Evening for St. Joseph House

Benedictine Sisters Catherine Cleary, Marlene Miller, Helen Carey and Mary Core enjoyed the 1st annual Hope and Harmony dinner in support of St. Joseph the Worker House in Rock Island


The Rosary as Contemplative Prayer

The Rosary as Contemplative Prayer

Peace and presence are the very fabric of monastic life, but can be cultivated through contemplative practice in any setting. Here, Sister Sheila McGrath shares her practice of praying the Rosary.


Events/Retreats

Spiritual Directors' Gathering

Mon Oct 22, 2018: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Word Among Us

Mon Oct 22, 2018: 1:15 pm - Mon Oct 8, 2018: 2:45 pm

Centering Prayer

Wed Oct 24, 2018: 1:00 pm - Wed Oct 3, 2018: 2:30 pm

The Mandala: A Pathway to One's Center

Fri Oct 26, 2018: 6:30 pm - Sun Oct 28, 2018: 1:00 pm

Centering Prayer

Wed Oct 31, 2018: 1:00 pm - Wed Oct 3, 2018: 2:30 pm

Compassion to Self Retreat - A 24-Hour Weekend Retreat

Fri Nov 2, 2018: 4:30 pm - Sat Nov 3, 2018: 5:00 pm