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's New

Advent: A Time for Giving Gifts to Ourselves

Advent: A Time for Giving Gifts to Ourselves

Don’t let Advent get lost this year in all the bustle and aggravation of acquisition. Use it. Treasure it. Grow from it.

Advent: Embrace Each Wintry Moment

Advent: Embrace Each Wintry Moment

Benedictine Oblate Spencer Gillespie suggests we enter the wilderness within and without this Advent, to align ourselves with the Coming One.


Advent: What Happens after the Birthday Crumbs have been Swept Away?

Advent: What Happens after the Birthday Crumbs have been Swept Away?

Benedictine Oblate Sharon McNamara asks what, exactly, Advent should prepare us for.


Your Invitation to Advent, Christmas Services

Your Invitation to Advent, Christmas Services

Join the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, for special celebrations.


Events/Retreats

Drumming Circle - December

Fri Dec 14, 2018: 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Christmas Novena Retreat

Sun Dec 16, 2018: 4:30 pm - Tue Dec 25, 2018: 1:00 pm

Encountering the Sacred Through Lectio Divina

Tue Dec 18, 2018: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Centering Prayer

Wed Dec 19, 2018: 1:00 pm - Wed Dec 5, 2018: 2:30 pm

Centering Prayer

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

Break-A-Way: Day of Prayer and Quiet

Wed Jan 2, 2019: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm