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Benedictine Sisters St. Mary Monastery

About Us

We are the monastic Sisters of St. Benedict at St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, IL. Originally from Nauvoo, we have lived and served in the Quad-City area since 2001.

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St. Mary Monastery, located in Rock Island, Illinois, is home to the Benedictine Sisters. The community follows the Rule of St. Benedict, focusing on prayer, community, and service.

Ministry Work

The sisters operate the Benet House Retreat Center, offering retreats, spiritual direction, and various programs for spiritual growth. They are involved in educational initiatives, social justice advocacy, and community outreach, including support for the poor and healthcare services. Additionally, laypeople can join the oblates program to live according to Benedictine spirituality, participating in meetings, retreats, and formation activities.

Daily Life and Mission

The daily life of the sisters revolves around "ora et labora" (prayer and work). Communal prayers, including the Liturgy of the Hours and daily Mass, form the core of their spiritual practice. Their mission is deeply rooted in stability, hospitality, and ongoing conversion of life, fostering both personal and communal growth.

Vision and Goals

St. Mary Monastery aims to be a beacon of Benedictine spirituality, offering a stable and enriching environment for spiritual growth. Through their retreats, educational programs, and community services, the sisters strive to foster spiritual, intellectual, and social development. Their commitment to hospitality, education, and social justice underscores their dedication to serving the broader community. The serene setting and active engagement in various ministries make the monastery a unique spiritual and cultural resource. The sisters' dedication to prayer, work, and community life ensures that the monastery remains a vibrant center of Benedictine spirituality and a source of inspiration for all who visit.

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