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

Standing in the Presence of God (with Bug Repellent)

Standing in the Presence of God (with Bug Repellent)

Peace and presence are the very fabric of monastic life, but can be cultivated through contemplative practice in any setting. Here, Catholic Benedictine Sister Claudia Scharf shares one of her favorite contemplative practices.

Finding Answers in God's Time

Finding Answers in God's Time

Sister Stefanie muses on what the future holds ... for any of us.


What I Did on My Summer Vacation

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Benedictine Sister Stefanie MacDonald confesses to having fun at the Mall of America, despite her Catholic Sisters' "habit" of non-consumerism!


Our Catholic Preschool Classroom is Sweeter with a S'more!

Our Catholic Preschool Classroom is Sweeter with a S'more!

Sister Stefanie's preschoolers are enjoying their new furry companion. Here's why every child benefits from pets!


Events/Retreats

The Word Among Us

Mon Sep 24, 2018: 1:15 pm - Mon Sep 10, 2018: 2:45 pm

Centering Prayer

Wed Sep 26, 2018: 1:00 pm - Wed Sep 5, 2018: 2:30 pm

Break-A-Way: Day of Prayer and Quiet

Wed Oct 3, 2018: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Centering Prayer

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

Enneagram Workshop - Friday October 5th

Fri Oct 5, 2018: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Enneagram Workshop - Saturday October 6th

Sat Oct 6, 2018: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm