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. 

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   * A Benedictine Sister

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Listen UP Hijab video

Watch the Listen UP videos created by us and other area Catholic Sisters for National Catholic Sisters Week!

What's New

Feast of St. Benedict

Feast of St. Benedict

The Sisters of St Mary Monastery celebrated the Feast of St. Benedict with a vigil on July 10th. On the feast day, they gathered for Mass followed by an afternoon movie and festive dinner.

Sister Marilyn Ring, OSB, 1930 - 2019

Sister Marilyn Ring, OSB, 1930 - 2019

Sister Marilyn Ring, (Mary Stephen) O.S.B., 88, of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in the Chapel of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m.


The Dark Night of the Soul and Centering Prayer

The Dark Night of the Soul and Centering Prayer

If Centering Prayer is part of your spiritual practice, these two retreats are perfect for you.


The Rise of Christianity

The Rise of Christianity

Each day, we face fear and uncertainty - yet united in a community of faith, Christians have risen above that fear for centuries.


Events/Retreats

The Practice of Tai Chi-Qigong

Tue Oct 1, 2019: 9:30 am - 11:45 am

Bookmarks: Henri Nouwen Reading Group

Tue Oct 1, 2019: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Centering Prayer

Wed Oct 2, 2019: 1:00 pm - Wed Oct 30, 2019: 2:30 pm

Break-A-Way: Day of Prayer and Quiet

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

Vesper Time: Aging With Gratitude

Tue Oct 8, 2019: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Boundless Compassion Book Study

Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm