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Sr. Mary Jane Wallace launches a book!

After teaching early childhood education for over 60 years, Sister Mary Jane created a resource to encourage parents to allow unstructured play time for their children.  In this charming collection of stories, Sister Mary Jane reflects on her own childhood and shares heart-warming stories about the inquisitive minds and loving hearts that her students revealed in their unguarded moments.  
  • Order your copy today!  $14 each including tax or $18 each shipped to you
  • Reserve your book by calling (309) 283-2100 or emailing
  • Books available for pick up at St. Mary Monastery
    • Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


What's New

Sister Susan Reflects on the Memorial of St. Patrick

Sister Susan Reflects on the Memorial of St. Patrick

A Lenten reflection telling of God's generosity, compassion and mercy

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Sister Sandra shares the monastery's response to the coronavirus outbreak

Loosen the Soil of Our Hearts!

Loosen the Soil of Our Hearts!

Sister Marianne's Reflection from Mark 8:14-21

Honoring God with All of Us

Honoring God with All of Us

Sister Mary Jane's Reflection


Bookmarks: Henri Nouwen Reading Group

Tue May 5, 2020: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Break-A-Way: Day of Prayer and Quiet

Wed May 6, 2020: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Centering Prayer

Wed May 6, 2020: 1:00 pm - Wed May 27, 2020: 2:30 pm

The Word Among Us

Mon May 11, 2020: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Thu May 14, 2020: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Voices to be Heard: Silent Killer

Thu May 21, 2020: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm