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

Resolve to Pray!

Resolve to Pray!

Benedictine Catholic Sister Catherine Cleary says the best New Year's resolution is to make time every day for prayer.

Benedictine Oblate Named

Benedictine Oblate Named "Citizen Psychologist"

Dr. Feli Sebastian is named 2018 Citizen Psychologist by the American Psychological Association. Here's what it means!

The Upside of Restlessness

The Upside of Restlessness

Catholic Benedictine Sister Bobbi Bussan shares her thoughts about restlessness. It's a good way to enter Lent!

Who is the Wind in Your Sails?

Who is the Wind in Your Sails?

Catholic Benedictine Sister Stefanie MacDonald shares a discernment story based on the Disney movie, Moana.


The Word Among Us

Mon Feb 25, 2019: 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Spiritual Practices for Dealing With Depression

Tue Feb 26, 2019: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bookmarks: Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril by Elizabeth A. Johnson

Wed Feb 27, 2019: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Centering Prayer

Wed Feb 27, 2019: 1:00 pm - Wed Feb 6, 2019: 2:30 pm

Compassion to Others Retreat - A 24-Hour Weekend Retreat

Fri Mar 1, 2019: 4:30 pm - Sat Mar 2, 2019: 5:00 pm

Break-A-Way: Day of Prayer and Quiet

Wed Mar 6, 2019: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm