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 to Read this Summer

What to Read this Summer

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

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.

Who Will You Become?

Who Will You Become?

Sister Mary Core, OSB says change is another word for “life.” In Benedictine life, it's called conversatio ... and it means to open ourselves to becoming more like Jesus.


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 - August 2nd 2018

Thu Aug 2, 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