Benet House Retreat Center in Rock Island IL offers ecumenical spiritual programs and retreats from Catholic Benedictine Sisters

Benet House Retreat Center in Rock Island, Illinois...

A Place Apart to Seek God

The Sisters of St. Benedict invite you to lovely Benet House Retreat Center, at St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, Illinois. Built in 2001 as a place apart to seek the Holy One, Benet House offers a setting of peace, beauty and tranquility for any retreat or program you choose.


Benet House is situated atop a hill overlooking woods and lake. Walking paths provide you with quiet and solitude. Private rooms provide you with sanctuary. You are welcome to join the community in the monastery chapel for Lauds, Noon Prayer, Vespers and Eucharist. Our library is open to you, as is our dining room for lunch and dinner. A common kitchen at Benet House will be stocked with breakfast items and snacks for your convenience.

A Hermitage gives seekers a place apart for solitude and prayer. Call (309) 283-2108 for information.

You will find a list of current retreats and programs in our calendar of events. Private retreats and ongoing programs are listed here. Please contact us for more information on any program, or to schedule a time away, at (309) 283-2108 or retreats@smmsisters.org.

Private Retreats Experience the Lord in an atmosphere of prayer, quiet and relaxation. Choose a day, a weekend or longer, and call for availability. Fee: $64.00 per night/single (includes meals).

Directed Retreats A spiritual director will guide your retreat as you focus on your spiritual journey with the Lord. Choose a day, a weekend or longer, and call for availability. Fee: $64.00 per night (includes meals) plus $25.00 to $50.00 per session of spiritual direction.

Group Retreats Bring a group of not more than 42 people for a day program or 12-29 people for overnight (we can accommodate 15 private or up to 29 double occupancy) for your own retreat program. You may bring your own director or have a staff member lead you. Please call for pricing.

Spiritual Direction Grow in your relationship with God with a certified, experienced spiritual director. Fee: $25.00 to $50.00 per session. Call Sr. Catherine Cleary for information: 309 283-2118.

Centering Prayer
Practice the ancient prayer leading to contemplation. Call Sr. Catherine Cleary for times: 309 283-2118.

Benedictine Oblates Women and men committed to Benedictine values meet monthly. Call Sr. Ruth Ksycki for information: 309-283-2100.


Outreach Trained, experienced personnel will come to your location to conduct workshops and lead retreats. Call for information.

Directions to St. Mary Monastery and Benet House Retreat Center

From the East: Take I-80 or I-74 to I-280 W. Get off at Exit 15 (11 miles). Turn right at the light. Drive 1.1 miles to stoplight at the junction of Hwy. 67; turn left. Go 2.8 miles to the 4th stoplight; turn right onto 92nd Ave. Go 1.3 miles to second stop sign; turn right onto Ridgewood Rd. Go .3 mile; turn left on 88th Ave W.

From the South: Take US 67 north toward Milan. Turn left at 92nd Ave W, right at Ridgewood Rd, left at 88th Ave W.

From the West: Take I-280 East. Exit at Rt 92 W. Cross Andalusia Rd (do NOT turn right with Rt 92 W). Go through 3 stoplights. Turn left at Ridgewood Rd and left at 88th Ave W.



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